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Outpatient Wound Care Specialist

NOVA Wound Care, PC

Board-Certified Wound Care Specialist located in Fairfax, VA & Eastern Shore, Nassawadox, VA

If you’re living with venous ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers, or other similar issues, outpatient wound care allows you to receive professional cleaning and infection prevention services without the need for a lengthy or expensive hospital stay. At NOVA Wound Care, PC, with two convenient locations in Fairfax and Eastern Shore Nassawadox, Virginia, wound care specialist Timothy Lapham, MD, and the caring team proudly offer outpatient wound care onsite to people of all ages. To schedule your appointment, call the office nearest you or book online today.

Outpatient Wound Care Q&A

What is outpatient wound care?

Outpatient wound care works to provide safe, effective cleaning and treatment of ulcers and open wounds that don’t require surgery or other complex interventions.

Many people with diabetes and poor circulation require treatment for slow-healing wounds and ulcers regularly. Outpatient wound care provides these services quickly in a medical setting, encouraging the individuals’ mobility and overall quality of life.  

What is the process for receiving outpatient wound care?

To receive outpatient wound care, you need a referral from your primary care provider, home care nurse, or the long term care facility where you’re staying. The providers at NOVA Wound Care, PC, also accept walk-in appointments from members of the community. 

During your initial consultation, your NOVA Wound Care, PC provider reviews your medical history, asks you about your symptoms, and thoroughly examines your wounds. Depending on their size and severity, your provider might also order laboratory tests or diagnostic imaging to gain further information.

Next, your provider develops a custom care plan that prevents infection, promotes healing, and encourages your mobility.

What does outpatient wound care involve?

Outpatient wound care depends on the location, type, and severity of your wounds. Depending on your individual needs, your NOVA Wound Care, PC provider might recommend:

  • Tissue debridement
  • Compression therapy
  • Wound cleaning
  • Topical therapy
  • New dressings
  • Antibiotics or other oral medications

Your provider also works with you to improve your health and quality of life. To achieve these goals, they might recommend eating a healthy, balanced diet and participating in light exercises that increase circulation and promote healing.

What happens following my outpatient wound care appointment?

At the end of your outpatient wound care appointment, your NOVA Wound Care, PC, provider gives you a list of instructions. Make sure to follow these insights closely. Carefully clean your wound at various times throughout the day, change your wound dressings regularly, and attend all follow-up appointments. 

If you have diabetes, poor circulation, or another chronic health problem, it’s important you take steps to keep these issues in check. Avoid bad habits like smoking, failing to exercise, and eating primarily junk food.

Your provider might also coordinate care with your primary care physician or the care facility where you reside. 

To learn more about the benefits of outpatient wound care, make an appointment at NOVA Wound Care, PC, by calling the office nearest you or booking online today.