Advanced Wound Healing Services
Our Centre provides a comprehensive wound healing management by expert doctor who is accredited by the American Board of Wound Management (ABWM). Your woundwill be evaluated and a treatment plan will be developed to customise individual needs. The evaluation will also include systemic and local factors which may contribute delayed wound healing. These may include pressure, trauma, poor blood supply, swelling, infection and poor nutrition.
The types of wound that we manage in the Centre:
- Diabetic Ulcers
- Ischemic/Arterial Ulcers
- Venous Ulcers
- Pressure Ulcers
- Non-healing Surgical wounds
- Infected Wounds
- Traumatic wounds
The principles to successful of wound healing include:
- Treating and preventing of infection
- Offloading by taking pressure off over the wound
- Debridement by removing dead skin and tissue in the wound bed
- Applying appropriate dressings including medicated dressings to treat and prevent infection
- Restoring adequate blood flow to the wound
- Managing blood sugar in patients with diabetes
Farrer Vascular Vein and Wound Centre uses a wide range of advanced wound dressings and wound healing devices. These include silver- based dressings, collagen- based dressings and Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT). Wounds require different dressings at different stages of wound healing.
Advanced wound dressings are designed to treat complex wounds. They have the ability to:
- Main the wound in a moist environment which is optimal for healing
- Protect peri-wound skin
- Promote growth of new tissue
- Treat infected wound and maintain a clean wound bed for healing
Advantages of using advanced wound dressings:
- Faster healing time
- Decreased frequency of dressing change
- Decreased labour cost
- Reduced risk of wound of infection
NPWT is a wound management device that uses gentle suction via a wound dressing and a small electrical pump to help wounds to heal faster.
NPWT helps wounds to heal by:
- Maintaining a moist wound environment
- Removing excess fluid and infectious material
- Reducing swelling
- Promoting blood supply to the wound
- Promoting healthy tissue to grow
Split-thickness skin grafting is sometime carried out to cover wounds with large defect. It is a surgical procedure which involves removing the top layer of skin from one area of the body and moving it to cover the wound defect. Skin grafting has been shown to increase healing rate of diabetic foot wounds and reduce the risk of leg amputation.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) involves breathing 100% oxygen at an ambient pressure greater than 1 atmosphere absolute. It has been recommended as a useful adjunctfor patients with wounds that fail to respond to standard wound care. HBOT has been shown to be effective in improving wound healing and against infection especially diabetic foot wounds/ulcers.