Faith Menken, MD
General Surgeon located in New York, NY
Chronic non-healing wounds require special treatment to promote healing and prevent complications. Dr. Faith A. Menken has experience treating these wounds, and she offers effective, comprehensive wound care to patients with this condition in the Upper East Side neighborhood of New York. Patients can schedule an appointment with Dr. Menken by contacting Faith A Menken MD, today.
Chronic Non-Healing Wounds Q & A
What is a chronic non-healing wound?
In general, a wound is considered chronic when it fails to heal according to an expected timetable.
Wounds can develop for a number of reasons. Patients may have a wound because of a puncture, burn, laceration, or surgical procedure. Patients may also develop wounds from continuous pressure on a certain part of the body. Any of these wounds have the potential to become chronic.
Why are chronic non-healing wounds dangerous?
Chronic non-healing wounds prevent the skin from closing and protecting the body from infection. If left untreated, these wounds can lead to serious infections of the blood and bone. The worst cases may lead to amputation, disability, and/or death. Because of these risks, prompt treatment is crucial.
What causes chronic non-healing wounds?
Chronic non-healing wounds often develop when a patient has certain conditions that make healing more difficult, such as atherosclerosis or diabetes. Wounds may also become chronic when they don’t receive proper care during the healing process.
How does Dr. Menken help patients with chronic non-healing wounds?
When a patient has a chronic wound, Dr. Menken begins by evaluating the wound to determine the best type of treatment. Some chronic wounds may simply need better surveillance. However, if wounds are infected or have developed a significant amount of necrotic tissue, other treatment may be required.
Dr. Menken can treat chronic wounds surgically with a procedure known as debridement. During this procedure, she removes all of the dead tissue from the wound with surgical tools so that the healthy tissue underneath will be exposed. This expedites the healing process and reduces the patient’s risk of complications.
What are the risks of wound debridement?
Although most patients tolerate the debridement procedure well, it may cause temporary discomfort. Wound debridement may also cause bleeding. Dr. Menken will explain all of the risks of the procedure before scheduling it.
How can patients improve wound healing?
After receiving treatment, patients can improve wound healing by following all of Dr. Menken’s instructions carefully. Patients should also keep all follow-up appointments so that Dr. Menken can monitor the healing process.
Dr. Menken accepts a number of major insurance plans. Please contact her office if you do not see your insurance plan listed.
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