After surgery, proper care of surgical wounds is essential for preventing serious complications like amputation. At Wound Care Experts in Las Vegas, Nevada, Naz Wahab, MD, and her expert team provide consultations and treatment for patients with surgical wounds at hospitals and outpatient facilities in the area. Call or book an appointment online today to learn more about caring for surgical wounds.
A surgical wound is the cut or incision the surgeon makes in your skin during surgery. Even though modern surgery involves many precautions to prevent contamination, any break in the skin can become infected.
Without advanced wound care, a surgical wound can develop a serious infection. This may lead to gangrene and amputation. Dr. Wahab and the team at Wound Care Experts are dedicated to reducing the risk of amputation by bringing advanced wound care to hospitals and outpatient wound care facilities in the area.
About 1% to 3% of surgeries result in a surgical site infection. Certain factors may increase your risk for a surgical wound infection, including:
Older adults are also more likely to get a surgical wound infection. Some types of surgeries carry more risk of infection than others, such as emergency surgeries and abdominal procedures.
It’s important to carefully monitor a surgical incision to make sure it’s healing properly. Infections can affect the skin as well as tissues beneath the skin. Signs and symptoms of a surgical site infection include:
An infected surgical wound may look like it’s dried out or deeper than it should be. If you think you have an infected surgical wound, notify your doctor right away. Infected surgical wounds require prompt medical care to reduce the risk of amputation.
Dr. Wahab and the team at Wound Care Experts stay on the cutting edge of advanced wound healing. They apply comprehensive wound analysis and use research-based treatments, such as negative pressure wound therapy and stem cells, to prevent surgical wounds from resulting in amputation.
They provide wound care consultations and treatments for patients as well as educational programs for health care providers. If you have questions about a surgical wound, call Wound Care Experts or book an appointment online today.