Step Three: Wound Surgery
If the progression of wound healing has stalled with traditional wound treatment options, then you may be referred to a surgeon at St. Joseph Medical Center. There are three basic types of surgeries your specialist could recommend. The decision will be approved by you, your primary physician, and – in some cases – an outside consultant.
Revascularization is the restoration of blood flow to a damaged organ or skin area. This surgery is often used to treat gangrene.
During skin grafting surgery, the wound and the tissue surrounding the wound is removed. Healthy skin is taken from the donor site in the size and shape needed. Sometimes a few tiny slits may be made in the graft to prevent fluid from collecting beneath it during the healing process. The graft is then positioned onto the wound area and sutured to the surrounding skin. Surgical glue may be applied, and the graft will be covered with a bandage (sometimes sutured over the graft).
Many patients undergo debridement early in the treatment process. If the lesser debridement methods fail to produce results, deep debridement may be necessary.
Learn about the final, fourth stage you’ll go through as a patient of the Advanced Wound Care Center.