Open wounds that bleed excessively or cannot heal on their own may need surgical treatment to restore the best possible appearance and function to the injured area. At Atlantic Surgical Associates, we offer open wound treatment at our office in West Long Branch, New Jersey. We welcome patients in surrounding communities of New Brunswick, East Brunswick, and Staten Island, NY.
What is an Open Wound?
Nearly everyone will experience an open wound at some point in their lives. An open wound is an injury that involves a break in the skin. Most of these are minor and can be treated at home. It’s important to seek medical attention if the wound has been bleeding more than 20 minutes or if there is a lot of bleeding.
How Much Does Open Wound Treatment Cost?
The cost to surgically treat an open wound in West Long Branch, NJ, depends on the type and size of wound and the extent of intervention necessary to restore function and form to the treatment area. Dr. Volshteyn will work with you to create a treatment plan to achieve the best possible results and review your insurance coverage with you. To learn more about what you can expect and options to finance your treatment, check our plastic surgery financing page.
Types of Open Wounds
Abrasions occur when the skin scrapes or rubs up against a hard or rough surface. There isn’t much bleeding, but the wound does need to be cleaned to avoid infection.
An incision is when the skin comes into contact with a sharp object puncturing the skin. These tend to bleed quickly and severely. These types of wounds can damage tendons, ligaments, and muscles.
A laceration is a tearing or a deep cut of the skin. The bleeding is rapid and extensive.
A puncture is a small hole caused by a long pointy object, such as a needle or nail. They may not bleed as much, but these can cause deep wounds that can damage internal organs. If you have a puncture wound, visit your doctor for an evaluation. It is also important to get a tetanus booster shot to prevent infection.
How Does a Plastic Surgeon Treat Open Wounds?
While the body naturally heals wounds, this process isn’t always predictable or easy. Many issues can contribute to improper healing of an open wound, including jagged edges caused by trauma, vascular disease, diabetes, or even the size of the wound. Depending on the type and size of the wound, techniques such as skin grafts, skin flaps, or tissue transfer may be necessary to improve the function and appearance of the skin once it heals.
Skin flap surgery is a technique to treat a large open wound that isn’t a good candidate for a skin graft. The wound is covered with a flap of skin and tissue close to the wound. The flap of tissue has its own blood supply and is relocated from one area to the other. When the wound needs additional bulk, a musculocutaneous flap or muscle and skin flap is used instead. This type of flap is frequently used in breast reconstruction.
When Should You See a Doctor for an Open Wound?
- Bleeding lasts longer than 20 minutes
- Open wound is deeper than half an inch
- Bleeding does not stop with direct pressure
- Bleeding is the results of a serious accident
Dr. Boris Volshteyn, our board-certified plastic surgeon, specializes in the treatment of all types of open wounds. Please contact us if you would like to be evaluated by Dr. Volshteyn at our office in West Long Branch, New Jersey. Atlantic Surgical Associates welcomes patients in the surrounding communities of Monmouth, Essex, and Ocean counties.