Wound Care

What is wound care?

If you have a wound that is not properly healing or have a wound that you are concerned about what the healed appearance may look like, Dr. Ehrmantraut is an experienced plastic surgeon with specialized training in reconstructive surgery who can help. Wound care may involve surgical revision and closure, as well as equipment such as a vacuum assited closure device to accelerate the healing process.

How is Wound care done?

Depending on the cause and depth of your wound, Dr. Ehrmantraut may opt for the following methods.

  • Revision – This involves the surgical excision of the wound and closing it at a better position for healing.
  • Skin grafting – If the wound has the inability to heal due to insufficient tissue, Dr. Ehrmantraut can perform a skin graft to aid the process.

Both of these methods will involve follow up care to change dressing as well as revisiting any sutures that may have been placed. For complex wounds, more corrective methods such as the above often are needed for successful healing.

Recovery

After attending necessary follow-up appointments, much of the recovery will be done at home. Keeping a close eye on your wound and its progress is the only way to ensure the best possible outcome. Dr. Ehrmantraut will send you home with instructions for your specific would, however, in general, it is important to follow the following guidelines.

  • Keep the wound dry for the first 24-48 hours.
  • Keep the area clean using cool water and a clean cloth 1-2 times a day
  • If any point you feel that your wound is not healing properly contact Dr. Ehrmantraut’s office.

If you have a wound that is in need of revision or care, contact Dr. Ehrmantriut’s Maryland office to schedule an appointment.