Teach yourself about venous wounds below; we believe it can help you understand what you are experiencing, however for an accurate diagnosis and consultation it is best to see a professional; reach out to contact us. Please continue to read up on venous wounds below until your consult, we believe the more you know helps you understand the process and heal better.
Understanding Venous Wounds
The term “venous wound” encompasses a wide range of different types of injuries. Some of the most common ones include ulcers, bone infections, blisters, bites, diabetic wounds, burns, gangrene and blunt object trauma. Venous wounds typically happen or continue to happen due to a vascular or circulatory issue. Many times, vascular issues make it harder for a wound to heal properly and quickly.
How to Diagnosis a Venous Wound
A doctor will physically examine you first to determine what specific kind of wound you have and then determine the best method to treat your wound. Our office may use an ultrasound to determine if blood if flowing in the right direction or not.
What Treatment for Venous Wounds is Best for Me?
Consulting with a doctor about your situation is the best idea. Please reach out to us for an appointment. Below will give you an idea about different treatments available for venous wounds, please read to learn more.
Local Wound Care as a Treatment for Venous Wounds
First, the wound will be sterilized to help stave off infection and prevent the wound from getting more infected. Next, dead tissue will be removed from the wound in a process called debridement.
Dressings as a Treatment for Venous Wounds
Dressings act as a barrier to the outside world to prevent bacteria from creeping in and as a way to foster healing too. There are many different types of dressings available. You should never reuse a dressing. And you should change dressing once a day.
Compression Bandages as a Treatment for Venous Wounds
Compression bandages apply pressure to the affected area to help promote proper blood flow.
Biological Treatments as Treatments for Venous Wounds
Occasionally, biological treatments like maggots are used to help fight infection.
Antibiotics as Treatments for Venous Wounds
If a severe infection is suspected, oral antibiotics will sometimes be prescribed. I.V. antibiotics are only administered if there is an increase in wound size, increased pain and fever.
Surgery as a Treatment for Venous Wounds
Most commonly, doctors will use stitches to help seal up a wound to prevent bacteria from getting in and promote healing.
After surgery, you’ll want to do the following:
- Elevate the wound above your heart
- Don’t pull on the stitches
- Avoid scratching the area
Skin Grafting as a Treatment for Venous Wounds
Skin grafts are when one piece of skin is moved on to another piece that won’t heal properly. It’s usually taken directly from the patient so the body won’t reject it. Skin grafting is used most commonly for those suffering from burns, large wounds or venous ulcers.