Frequent dressing changes can alleviate some wound pain.
As a wound care patient, you’re bound to have plenty of questions regarding your treatment and overall health. These concerns are a natural part of being engaged and ensuring the best outcomes possible. That’s why over the last several weeks we’ve addressed a number of frequently asked questions regarding effective wound healing. That includes the best ways to avoid wounds entirely and the most common causes of chronic or non-healing wounds. In case you have even more queries or there is something that’s yet to been addressed, we’re here to help.
Here are three FAQs that you think might need answering:
- What wounds are the hardest to treat?
Ultimately, that answer depends almost entirely on the patient. Everything from the cause of the wound or injury to its location on the body and any preexisting ailments or conditions can impact the state of a wound. However, as the Greater Baltimore Medical Center pointed out, certain wounds present unique challenges. For instance, arterial ulcers almost always require some level of surgical intervention, while diabetic foot ulcers carry a larger risk of amputation. Meanwhile, people with deduced mobility mostly contend with pressure sores, and if you’ve ever had a venous stasis ulcer, you’re likely to experience a recurrence.
- Does insurance cover most wound care treatments?
While this might depend on your personal coverage, the answer is generally yes. According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Medicare Part B covers any and all “medically necessary” treatments for surgical wounds. Under Medicare Part B, patients pay 20 percent of the approved amount of the medical services. However, Medicare covers the entirety of the cost of supplies. That includes dressings, issues with home care and follow-up treatments. Of course, you must always document the treatment and all accompanying costs; otherwise, you won’t be reimbursed. Finally, always make sure your physician accepts Medicare B before setting up an appointment.
- How do I deal with pain?
Unfortunately, pain is a normal part of almost any wound care regimen. In fact, one study from 2015 found that pain can actually improve the healing process. On the upside, there are several ways to handle this discomfort. Infection is one of the primary sources for wound pain, so prevention is often your best bet. Watch out for signs like swelling, drainage, odor or redness. Changing your dressings frequently can also help mitigate some of the pain. Depending on the injury, you may need to swap dressings at least once a day. If ever you’re unsure, though, you can always consult with your physician.
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