Lower Extremity Wound Care Specialist

Vascular Surgery Specialists

Board Certified Vascular and Endovascular Surgeons located in Downtown Phoenix & East Valley, Phoenix, AZ

Lower extremity wounds are common with diseases like arterial insufficiency and diabetes. While they often don’t heal effectively on their own, Vascular Surgery Specialists in Phoenix, Arizona, offers expert lower extremity wound care from board-certified vascular surgeons. To learn more about lower extremity wounds and their management, call Vascular Surgery Specialists, or request an appointment online today.

Lower Extremity Wound Care Q & A

What is lower extremity wound care?

If you have lower extremity arterial insufficiency, you’re more prone to wounds and ulcers on your legs than you would be otherwise. Blood vessel constriction often occurs because plaque from atherosclerosis or blood clots blocks or constricts blood flow through certain arteries, like those in your legs.

Wounds with insufficient oxygenated blood supply are often very slow to heal or do not heal at all. In many cases, they’re prone to gangrene (dead and infected tissue) too. Caring for such wounds can be tricky, and Vascular Surgery Specialists can give you the treatment you need. 

Chronic lower extremity wounds are especially common in patients with diabetes, venous insufficiency, or arterial insufficiency. 

What does lower extremity wound care involve?

Vascular Surgery Specialists diagnoses and treats lower extremity wounds that often become slow-to-heal ulcers or develop gangrene. Caring for these wounds isn’t the same as caring for a regular acute tissue injury and involves numerous steps. Vascular Surgery Specialists may:

  • Apply dressings to your wound
  • Prescribe antibiotics to ward off infection
  • Prescribe anticoagulant medications to prevent blood clotting
  • Give you compression garments 
  • Perform wound debridement to remove dead tissue and debris
  • Perform surgery to improve blood flow in the region of the wound
  • Recommend hyperbaric oxygen therapy to speed healing

Aside from in-office treatments and prescription medications, there are steps you need to take to promote lower extremity wound healing between appointments. At each visit, your provider at Vascular Surgery Specialists evaluates your wound and lets you know the next steps in your care. 

How do I continue my lower extremity wound care at home?

To continue the proper healing of your lower extremity wound or ulcer at home, your Vascular Surgery Specialists provider gives you all the information and resources you need to do this successfully. To take an active part in your care, you should:

  • Keep your dressings dry 
  • Keep your dressings clean
  • Fill and take your prescriptions
  • Drink lots of water
  • Exercise regularly (with physician guidance)
  • Wear compression stockings as recommended
  • Eat healthy foods
  • Avoid smoking

Being generally healthy greatly improves your chances of proper wound healing in the lower extremities. If you have any questions about what you can do better in your lower extremity wound care plan, the experts at Vascular Surgery Specialists are happy to answer them and give you the guidance you need for successful wound care. 

If you have an ulcer on your leg due to vascular insufficiency, call Vascular Surgery Specialists, or schedule a consultation online today for expert lower extremity wound care.