Southwest Foot and Ankle Center and DFW Wound Care

Wound Vac

Wound Vac

is a device used to help close wounds. It uses negative pressure to draw the wound edges together and promote healing. Wound Vacs can be used on all types of wounds, including burns, ulcers, and surgical incisions.

Wound Vac is a safe and effective way to close wounds. It is less painful than other methods of wound closure, such as sutures or staples. In addition, it can help reduce the risk of infection and scarring.

If you have a wound that is not healing properly, ask your doctor if a Wound Vac may be right for you.

How a wound vac is used to treat a wound?

A wound vac is a small, portable device that uses negative pressure to draw the edges of a wound together. It consists of a canister, tubing, and a dressing.

To use a wound vac, your doctor will first clean the wound and apply a sterile dressing. The dressing is then connected to the tubing, which is attached to the canister. The canister creates negative pressure, which pulls the dressing tight against the wound.

The negative pressure helps promote healing by increasing blood flow to the area and removing excess fluid from the wound. It also helps reduce swelling and pain.

Wound vacs are usually used for 7-21 days. During this time, you will need to clean the wound daily and change the dressing. Your doctor will also need to check the wound regularly to make sure it is healing properly.

After the wound has healed, the wound vac and dressings will be removed. The area will then be covered with a Band-Aid or other type of adhesive bandage.

What are the risks of using a wound vac?

Wound vacs are generally safe and effective. However, there is a small risk of infection, bleeding, or skin irritation. In rare cases, the negative pressure can cause damage to healthy tissue.

If you have any concerns about using a wound vac, talk to your doctor.