Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are misshapen, enlarged veins that show underneath the surface of the skin. Research shows that a little over 1/3 of the U.S. population develops varicose veins. Veins like these are weakened and swollen from aging, forming a cluster of blue and purple veins, sometimes surrounded by tiny red spider veins.

Peripheral Artery Disease

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD), also recognized as Peripheral vascular disease (PVD), is the narrowing of the blood vessels responsible for carrying blood to your extremities.

Deep Vein Thrombosis

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is an abnormal condition that occurs when a blood clot (thrombus) forms in a deep area of your body, like your muscles, usually in the muscles of the legs. Well over half a million people present new cases of DVT each year in the U.S. according to clinical findings. 

Things You Need to Know About Wound Care

Wound care is not the most common procedure in interventional radiology but it does come with special attention and care. Our office understands how important it is for proper wound healing in patients that are slow to heal or are unable to heal due to certain diseases. If wounds are not managed properly, complications like meningitis, maggot infestation, cellulitis, squamous cell carcinoma, septic shock and more can form.

Causes and Risk Factors

Wound management is available for the following wounds resulting from:

  • ‍Diabetes
  • Burns
  • Venous ulcers
  • Peripheral arterial disease
  • Post-surgery, post-trauma
  • Radiation
  • Infection
  • Bedsores
  • Lymphedema
Diagnosis

Diagnosing impaired wound healing comes by physical examination. If we detect the following representations, we move forward with treatment:

Inflammation and/or infection around the site of the wound
Necrotic tissue surrounding the wound
Wound edges that are not healing due to faulty blood supply
Wound maceration due to moisture
Prevention

To prevent wound infection and improper wound healing, consider the following steps:

  • Clean wounds regularly
  • Keep wounds dressed as directed
  • Use antibacterial soap when handling the area around the wound
  • Use gloves when caring for the wound
  • Keep contaminated objects away from wound (hair, urine, airborne bacteria, etc.)
Treatment

If your wound becomes infected or needs special attention, wound specialists can offer the following treatment options:

  • Growth factors
  • Dermal substitutes
  • Surgical wound closure
  • HBOT/Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment
  • Wound VAC/Vacuum-Assisted Closure
Treatment for this condition is done in

Our vascular center, Frontier Medical Care

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