No one ever thinks about whether a cut, abrasion, or ulcer will mend — until they end up with a wound that refuses to heal. Once the natural process gets derailed, a non-healing injury won’t improve without complex wound care at Southwest Surgical Associates. The experienced physicians treat every type of complex wound, promoting healing and preventing infections with today’s most advanced dressings and treatments. If you need help with a non-healing wound, call the office in Cypress, Katy, Sugarland, Pearland, or Houston, Texas, or book an appointment online today.
Complex wound care involves the intensive medical treatments needed to promote and accelerate healing. You develop a complex wound when the injured tissues don’t heal in the expected time, usually four weeks. A few examples of common complex wounds include:
Non-healing wounds pose a significant health threat because they don’t get better independently. Without treatment, the damage expands and causes infections.
Your chances of developing a complex wound increase if you have any of the following risk factors:
Wounds can’t heal without healthy circulation because blood carries the oxygen, nutrients, and stem cells needed for healing. Severely restricted blood flow can lead to tissue death.
Infections break down tissues, preventing wounds from healing.
Complex wounds develop when a health condition blocks healing. You may end up with non-healing wounds if you have:
Placing pressure on the wound (such as walking or wearing shoes) and temperature changes also increase your risk for a complex wound.
Problems like a buildup of fluid (edema) or blood (hematoma) interfere with healing. You may also develop complications like skin conditions, bone infections, and gangrene.
Complex wound care takes a dual approach that treats the underlying condition and the wound. Your Southwest Surgical Associates provider may refer you to a specialist for some health problems.
Complex wound care always begins with cleaning the wound and includes treatments such as:
Advanced dressings and skin substitutes create the environment needed to heal your specific wound. As part of your complex wound care, your provider teaches you how to change dressings and care for your wound at home.
Don’t wait to seek complex wound care. Call Southwest Surgical Associates or book an appointment online today.