Vacuum-assisted closure (VAC), a technique using subatmospheric pressure dressings, has been widely used for treatment of various chronic and complicated wounds. In addition to the advantages of an occlusive dressing therapy, the VAC therapy has proved effective in evacuating wound fluid, increasing tissue oxygen tension, decreasing bacterial contamination, and stimulating granulation tissue formation. This leads to more rapid re-epithelialization of wounds compared to conventional dressings. A two-phase VAC technique to provide enhanced coverage of an ischemic ulcer of the lower leg in a diabetic patient is presented. The refined VAC therapy scheme is described in detail and the results in a further 19 patients with complicated wounds of the lower leg and feet are reported.
European Journal of Plastic Surgery – Springer Journals
Published: Oct 16, 2000
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