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Negative Pressure Wound Therapy

Negative Pressure Wound Therapy in Las Vegas, NV and Brooklyn, NY

Negative Pressure Wound Therapy is a method for healing wounds using a suction pump, tubing, and a dressing to remove excess fluid. Our Dr. Salvatore C. Guadino, D.P.M., and Jesse Harvey can help reduce pain and heal wounds using negative pressure wound therapy at Diabetes & Wound Specialists. For more information, contact us or book an appointment online. We have convenient locations in Las Vegas NV, and Brooklyn, NY.

Negative Pressure Wound Therapy Near Me in Las Vegas, NV and Brooklyn, NY
Negative Pressure Wound Therapy Near Me in Las Vegas, NV and Brooklyn, NY

Table of Contents:

What is negative pressure wound therapy?
What are the benefits of negative pressure wound therapy?
What type of wound is not suitable for negative pressure wound therapy?
How long does negative pressure wound therapy work?

Negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) is an innovative addition to wound care, providing patients with an effective method to safely draw out fluids and reduce infections from a wound to support a healthy healing process. 

What is negative pressure wound therapy?


Negative pressure wound therapy is a technique that can be used to promote proper healing of acute or chronic wounds, as well as second or third-degree burns. This technique is also commonly known as Vacuum Assisted Closure (VAC) as it involves the use of a suction pump, tubing, and a clean dressing. The goal of this technique is to remove excess exudate, which is the fluid that leaks from blood vessels into the surrounding tissues, which can lead to complications during the healing process, as well as reduce swelling of the wound, stimulating the growth of new tissues, and to prevent infections from developing. The therapy is provided by one of our healthcare professionals who will start by placing a foam bandage over the open wound with the vacuum pump that when applied creates a negative pressure around the wound.

What are the benefits of negative pressure wound therapy?


The benefits of using negative pressure wound therapy to help clean and treat wounds include:

– Stimulating the growth of new tissues within the wound to help with a healthy healing process;
– Increasing blood circulation surrounding the wound;
– Reducing swelling;
– Facilitates a moist and healthy healing environment;
– Lowers the risks of infection; and
– Drains the excess fluids gradually and safely from the wound.

Negative pressure wound therapy is an effective treatment to support healthy healing for wounds that may be more complex or non-healing, such as those that occur in patients who have underlying health conditions that prevent their body and immune system specifically to promote a healthy healing environment. 

What type of wound is not suitable for negative pressure wound therapy?


While negative pressure wound therapy is an effective option for ensuring many wounds can heal properly, there are many cases in which the wound is not suitable for this type of treatment due to the nature of the therapy. Some of the most likely contraindications for negative pressure wound therapy include:

– Wounds in close proximity to the vagus nerve
– Wounds with exposed viscera (the soft organs of the body)
– Wounds that have developed necrosis
– Wounds that are actively bleeding
– Wounds that lack appropriate blood supply

This form of therapy should also be avoided for use on fistulas or areas in which the soft tissue has become infected. There are also some cases where this type of therapy is likely a good option to ensure the proper healing of a wound, but where certain precautions should be taken to ensure that the treatment is safe, such as in those with infected blood vessels, allergies to adhesives, immunodeficiency diseases (such as leukemia or HIV), or weakened blood vessels or organs as a result of infection, trauma, radiation, or suturing of a nearby blood vessel. Negative pressure wound therapy should only be provided by a specialist who is qualified through experience and proper training and at the discretion of the professional health care provider to ensure its safety and proper use. 

How long does negative pressure wound therapy work?


The Negative pressure wound therapy will be used on the specific wound being treated until the risk of infection has passed or the infection has completely cleared and proper care for the wound is easier to perform without the therapy involved. This means that the amount of time that the NPWT device has to be worn will vary quite a bit from patient to patient depending on how long it takes for their wound to reach this point. Factors that influence this timeline include the general health of the patient, the size of the wound, as well as the location of the wound. Typically, patients can expect to need the NPWT device for around 2 to 6 weeks, but some may need to continue using it for several months. The healthcare professional who is providing the negative pressure wound therapy will be able to offer each patient a more accurate time frame than can be expected.

For more information, contact us or book an appointment online. We have convenient locations to serve you. We serve patients from Las Vegas NV, Brooklyn NY, Spring Valley NV, Paradise NV, Manhattan NY, Jamaica NY, Bay Ridge NY, Fort Hamilton NY, Summerlin NV, Henderson NV, and surrounding areas.


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Brooklyn (74th Street)

Spectra Health (Las Vegas)

  • 5495 S. Rainbow Blvd, #200A Las Vegas, NV 89118
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