BY Wound Care Internal Medicine
Byoung Yang, MD
Internal Medicine, Weight Loss & Wound Care located in White Plains, NY
When you have a wound, your body sends healing properties from your blood to heal and close it. However, if your blood flow to the wound is poor, it may not heal and turn into an ulcer. Wound care specialist Byoung Yang, MD, at BY Wound Care Internal Medicine in White Plains, New York, offers cutting-edge treatments for ulcers and postoperative wound complications to provide the care you need for healing. To schedule a consultation, contact the office by phone or online today.
Wound Care Q & A
What are ulcers?
Ulcers are wounds that are slow to heal. They can occur anywhere on your body. You can develop an ulcer from an injury, infection, or underlying disease.
You are at risk of developing ulcers if you have an underlying health condition that affects blood circulation, such as:
- Venous insufficiency
Certain lifestyle habits, such as smoking, also affect wound healing and may increase your risk of poor wound healing and the development of ulcers.
What are the common types of ulcers?
Dr. Yang is a wound care specialist who can treat any type of ulcer. The most common include:
Also known as a decubitus ulcer, a pressure ulcer develops from prolonged pressure on an area of your skin. They usually develop over bony areas of the body, such as the buttocks, heels, ankles, back, or hips. Pressure ulcers are staged based on the severity of the wound.
Diabetic foot ulcers
People with diabetes are at an increased risk of developing diabetic foot ulcers due to a blood vessel and nerve damage caused by elevated blood sugar levels.
Venous leg ulcers
Venous leg ulcers develop when the veins in your leg can’t properly push blood back to your heart for oxygenation, leading to pooling that may create an open wound.
Without proper treatment, your ulcer, no matter the type, leaves you vulnerable to infection and more serious health problems. If you have a nonhealing wound, contact BY Wound Care Internal Medicine for a comprehensive evaluation and treatment plan.
Surgical wound complications
After any surgery, attentive care is required for the proper healing of your surgical wound. However, as with ulcers, poor circulation to the wound can lead to poor healing and complications that place you at risk of infection. Dr. Yang provides expert care for your postoperative wound complication to ensure proper healing.
Ulcers and postoperative wound complications leave you vulnerable to infection and health complications. For expert care of your ulcer or postoperative wound complication from a wound management specialist, call BY Wound Care Internal Medicine or request an appointment online today.
What can I expect during treatment for my wounds?
Dr. Yang is a wound care specialist who offers the most advanced ulcer treatments. Your treatment depends on the type of ulcer you have and your medical history. The goal of your ulcer treatment is to reduce pain, promote healing, and treat or prevent an infection. During your ulcer treatment, Dr. Yang may:
- Clean and dress your wound
- Prescribe antibiotics
- Recommend pain medication
- Debride your wound (remove dead skin)
- Offer diet and supplement recommendations to support wound healing
Dr. Yang also provides instructions on how to care for your wound at home to promote healing and minimize the risk of infection.
He has you return to the office regularly for continued treatment and monitoring. The amount of time needed to heal your wound depends on many factors, and for some, it may take months.