Negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) is a unique wound treatment method. During the therapy, fluid and infection are drawn out to allow the wound to heal properly. The treatment is performed by sealing a special dressing over the wound and attaching a gentle vacuum pump.  At Wound Evolution in Fort Worth, Dallas, San Antonio, Texas, and Overland Park, Kansas, our team of wound care specialists provide advanced and holistic treatments to ease the uncomfortable symptoms of wounds and promote safe, rapid healing. Negative pressure wound therapy can help heal wounds faster and reduce your risk of infection.

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How Does the Treatment Work?

Negative pressure wound therapy is performed using a special dressing (bandage), tubing, a fluid collector, and a small negative pressure device. Our providers will set up and monitor the device, and you will continue wearing it at all times. It can be removed when you shower, but baths should be avoided. The device should not be off for longer than two hours a day. 

The dressings will need to be changed 2-3 times per week and may require you to return to our office. Our providers can estimate how long you will need to wear the device at your initial appointment, although this may change as your body responds to the treatment.

How Is the NPWT Device Used?

There are several steps to beginning your Negative Pressure Wound Therapy. The device is attached using the following steps:

  • First, your provider will secure layers of foam dressing around the shape of the wound, which will then be sealed using a film. 
  • The film has a small opening to which a tube is attached. This tube is connected to a vacuum pump.
  • The vacuum pump leads to a canister where fluid is collected. The vacuum can be used continuously or set to an intermittent pace. 
  • Once the vacuum begins, it will suction up fluid and infection from the wound and gently pull the wound's edges closer together. 

What Types of Wounds Can This Therapy Treat?

Negative pressure wound therapy can be used for a wide range of wounds, including:

  • Burns
  • Ulcers 
  • Diabetic ulcers 
  • Chronic wounds

Benefits of Negative Pressure Wound Therapy

Negative pressure wound therapy can help pull fluid and infection from your wound, which can lead to faster recovery. It is also good for wounds that have not healed successfully on their own.

The system also helps achieve this by promoting the growth of new tissue. Antibiotics and saline can also be pushed into the wound to deliver further benefits for those who require them.

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Schedule Your Appointment

Wound Evolution - Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine is a leading provider of wound care.

Our offices can be found in Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Texas, and Overland Park, Kansas. Each of our locations is home to a team of wound care specialists and a range of state-of-the-art treatments.

Our providers will work with you to create a personalized wound treatment plan that helps you achieve long-term recovery. To find out if negative pressure wound therapy is right for you, schedule an appointment at Wound Evolution - Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine. Call or book your appointment online today.

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