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Wound Management

Mohammed M. Kalan, MD, FACS, FRCS -  - Colorectal Surgery

Washington Institute of Surgery

Mohammed M. Kalan, MD, FACS, FRCS

Colorectal Surgery & Surgical Oncology located in Chevy Chase, MD

If you have an open wound, it may need expert care if it is slow to heal or at risk of infection. If you have an open wound, renowned surgeon Mohammed Kalan, MD, FRCS, FACS, of the Washington Institute of Surgery in Chevy Chase, Maryland, can help. He provides effective wound management solutions for even the most serious of open wounds, so please call the Washington, DC area office today or schedule an appointment using the online booking form.

Wound Management Q & A

What is wound management?

Wound management concerns the care and treatment of a variety of open wounds from different causes.

Post-operative open wounds include incisions from open abdominal surgeries, closed ostomy sites, and open wounds due to incision and drainage procedures of abscesses.  Some wounds are chronic in nature such as pressure ulcers that are resistant to basic wound care approaches.

Post-operative wound management is an important part of the healing process. It can prevent potential complications such as infection and wound dehiscence. It allows time for the tissues to heal properly.

Wound management can be a slow process and may require many subsequent visits, but this is necessary to monitor the wound’s progress and ensure proper healing. 

When would I need wound management?

If you have an open wound, it’s important to seek professional attention. The earlier you receive treatment, the more likely the wound is to heal successfully.  You will find expert treatment at the Washington Institute of Surgery, as the management of this problem can be a complex and challenging process.

What treatments are used in wound management?

Initial approaches to wound management usually involve specialized dressings, wound packing under local anesthesia, and the use of compression to relieve pressure on the affected area.  These dressings absorb fluid draining from the wound and allow oxygen in to help the wound heal while minimizing bacteria overgrowth.

What surgeries can help with wound management?

A severe or infected open wound is going to need debridement, which means cutting away dead tissue. Surgical removal of the dead and infected tissue helps stimulate the production of platelets and growth factors, which help the wound to heal.

For open wounds, a common form of management is packing the wound with gauze, which allows the wound to heal from the inside out and prevents the wound from closing prematurely.

Chemical cauterization is also used on wounds that have excess tissue growth. Silver nitrate is used to chemically cauterize the wound where there is hypertrophic granulation tissue. This allows the skin to heal evenly.

Find out more about wound management by calling Washington Institute of Surgery today or request an appointment online.