Negative Pressure Therapy
In order to promote the healing of chronic or acute wounds, negative pressure therapy is sometimes needed. This treatment method uses a vacuum to seal a wound dressing, creating an environment of negative pressure to help stimulate the flow of blood. It also helps remove excess fluid to reduce the chances of infection or other complications.
When Negative Pressure Therapy is Used
There are several types of wounds that can benefit from the use of negative pressure therapy, including diabetic, arterial and venous ulcers, pressure ulcers and more. Chronic wounds and acute wounds that carry a high risk of infection can also be treated effectively with negative pressure therapy.
What to Expect
If you are a candidate for negative pressure therapy, your doctor will more than likely pack some sterile foam into the wound. This foam will act as a type of filter that will keep debris such as dead tissue or blood clots from clogging the vacuum. The wound will then be covered with a dressing to create a seal, and then a pump will be attached to the dressing to create negative pressure – in other words, a vacuum environment.
The amount of force used will depend on the type of wound that has been sustained. Since there can be pain involved with the procedure, patients typically take medications to help reduce discomfort throughout the therapy.
Contact Us About Negative Pressure Therapy
Negative pressure therapy has been proven to be effective in wound healing, and the doctors with DFW Wound Care Center have a great deal of experience in providing this form of treatment. Please contact us online or call 972-665-6292 (Plano), 972-318-2383 (Lewisville) or 972-607-9643 (Irving) to schedule an appointment or to learn more.