This commonly used technique is also known as "vacuum-assisted closure" (VAC) therapy; it is where a unique wound vac dressing type is applied directly to a wound that is sealed in place with a film dressing, which is then attached by tubing to a special suction pump. When the pump is operational, it creates suction in the wound, causing negative pressure. This negative pressure enhances wound healing phases by increasing the blood supply to the wound bed while providing reasonable exudate control and a moist environment. A wound vac therapy also helps pull the edges of the wound together, and it may stimulate the growth of new tissue that allows the wound to close.
Wounds treated with Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) tend to have fewer complications and have significantly faster healing rates. If the wound is likely to require long term dressings, Negative Pressure Wound Therapy can be more cost-effective than traditional dressings. Wound vac dressings must be changed every 2-3 days, and NPWT can reduce infected wound management, leaving the patient with greater independence. Wound Care Surgeons is specialized in providing wound VAC therapy in California to accelerate and encourage effective wound healing.