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Do I need to be a current Modern Vascular patient to have my wounds treated at the Wound Care clinic?
No. You do not need to be a patient with Modern Vascular in order to come to a Modern Vascular Wound Care clinic.
Do I need my doctor to refer me to your clinic?
That depends on your insurance provider. Some insurance plans may require a referral from your PCP in order to cover the procedure. However, most insurance plans do not require PCP referrals.
Does Modern Vascular Wound Care treat wounds that are not associated with Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)?
Yes. Modern Vascular is a full service Wound Care clinic that treats all types of wounds, including:
- Diabetic foot ulcers
- Non-healing wounds of the lower leg and foot
- Wounds associated with edema, lymphedema, and chronic venous insufficiency
- Chronic vascular ulcers
- Minor burns
- Non-healing traumatic injuries
- Pressure ulcers and bed sores
- Post-operative care for infections and wounds
When should I seek treatment for my wound?
You should seek treatment for your wound when:
- You are diabetic and you first notice a wound, in order to expedite wound healing.
- You have a sore with increasing pain, redness, swelling, foul odor or change in color.
- You have a surgical wound that has become infected.
What should I bring to my first appointment?
You should bring a list of medications that you are currently taking to your first appointment, including vitamins and supplements.
What are some important things I should tell my wound care provider?
You should let your wound care provider know if you have any changes in your wound such as pain, odor, drainage, size, or redness. You should also tell your wound care provider if you have any changes in medications or blood glucose readings, as well as any questions or concerns related to your wound care.
Why is it so important to keep my blood sugar under control if I have a wound?
It is important to keep your blood sugar under control if you have a wound because high blood sugars can slow down wound healing.
What is a chronic wound?
A chronic wound is a wound that does not fully heal over an appropriate amount of time. When skin is opened by an injury, or if there is a blocked artery or a problem with a vein, blood flow to an area is impaired, which may cause delays in healing and promote infection. In some patients that condition may become limb or life-threatening. A wound becomes problematic for people whose healing process is delayed or complicated by certain conditions, such as chronic disease, age, obesity or poor nutrition.
Should I leave my wound open to air?
No. Leaving your wound open to air may subject your wound to pending infection. Wounds require some moisture for proper wound healing to allow healthy cells to travel across the wound.
Can I get my wound wet in the shower?
Yes. You may get your wound wet in the shower unless you have sutures, skin grafting, staples, or if your provider has advised against it.
Can dry skin cause a wound?
Yes. Extremely dry skin located on the heels can cause fissures, which are cracks in the skin, that can lead to deep wounds. It is a good idea to use an emollient that puts moisture back in the skin.
How do I clean my wound?
You can clean your wound with normal saline (salt water) or any special cleanser prescribed by your provider.