After a foot or ankle procedure, it’s crucial you take care of the surgical wounds. At the practice of Dr. Sapna Pandya, with offices in the Washington Heights and Manhattan Valley neighborhoods of New York City, New York, wound care specialist Sapna Pandya, DPM, offers high quality treatment of surgical wounds. Using a combination of routine checkups and advanced technology, she can help speed up your body’s healing process and reduce your risk of infection. To learn more about the treatment of surgical wounds, call the nearest office or book online today.
A surgical wound is a cut made in your skin during an operative procedure. The size, location, and number of wounds you have depend on the type of surgery.
Dr. Pandya has more than a decade of experience treating surgical wounds on the lower legs, feet, ankles, and toes. She takes a patient-centered approach that honors each individual and their humanity.
Dr. Pandya specializes in treating surgical wounds on the legs and feet. You might be a candidate after undergoing one of the following procedures:
You might also need surgical wound care if you undergo a lower limb amputation.
Dr. Pandya closes surgical wounds in several ways. Depending on the type of procedure you undergo, she might recommend:
Stitches are made from sterile synthetic polymers. They help hold your skin together and dissolve over time.
Staples hold your skin together like stitches, but they’re made of metal instead of polymers. After your surgical wound finishes healing, Dr. Pandya removes your staples during an in office visit.
Wound closure strips are pieces of specially designed surgical tape that help close small wounds. They’re waterproof and typically fall off within two weeks.
There are several things you can do to reduce the risk of surgical wound infection. Dr. Pandya recommends always washing your hands before touching the incisions, keeping your incisions dry, and avoiding picking or scratching at your incisions.
The time it takes for surgical wounds to heal depends on various factors, including the size and type of wound and how well you follow Dr. Pandya’s recovery instructions.
Most surgical incisions begin healing within 2-3 weeks*, but it may take longer. Be patient, take your medications as prescribed, and regularly change your wound dressings.
In addition, it’s important to stay active. Regular exercise or physical therapy increases blood flow, promoting healing. Dr. Pandya can recommend at-home stretches or strengthening exercises to help your recovery stay on track.
Call the practice of Dr. Sapna Pandya to receive treatment for surgical wounds, or click the online booking feature today.
*Individual results may vary.