Frequently Asked Questions About Wound Care
"Will my wound heal faster if it is exposed to air?"
No, wounds heal most optimally when the wound bed is moist. Do not remove the recommended wound dressing exept when advised by your wound care specialist, as you may also expose the open wound to bacteria and infection.
"Can I get my wound wet in the shower?"
Yes, you can get the wound slightly wet, but it should not be submerged or soaked, and you do not want to apply pressurized water to the wound. If you have stitches or staples you do not want to get them wet and should cover them with a plastic bag.
"What are the most common reasons a wound doesn’t heal?"
The most common causes of a non-healing wound are an underlying chronic disease, poor circulation, poor nutrition, nerve damage, alcoholism, and drug use.
"How does a doctor determine if a patient’s wound needs specialized care?"
"What’s the most important advice for a non-healing wound?"
The most important choice to make when dealing with a non-healing wound is to find a specialized care center for immediate treatment of the wound and to diagnose what is causing the issue and start a long term treatment plan for the underlying issue.
"How do I get a consultation from the Wound Care Center?"
You can follow the link at the top of the page to schedule online or you can call the office directly at 516-804-2100
"What can I expect at the first appointment with a wound care specialist?"
- Review of your medical history
- Examine and measure your wound
- Check the blood flow in the area around the wound
- Blood Tests
- Determine why it’s not healing
- Create a treatment plan
"Will I have to change my primary care doctor or specialist?"
No, you do not have to change your primary care doctor. The Wound Care Center works with all primary care physicians and specialists and will work together with your doctor on your treatment plan.
"Does insurance cover specialized wound care treatments?"
Health insurance coverage varies by provider, but many common health care plans cover wound care treatment. Please call our wound care center to determine if you are covered.
"Does the Wound Care Center Provide Care For Diabetics?"
Yes, Heart & Health Wound Care Experts Specialize in Diabetic Wound Care