ATnT Dermatology March-April 2011: Prevena

Posted: March 13, 2011 at 3:47 pm

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Aesthetic Trends & Technologies
March-April 2011
Dermatology Department

Prevena
Incision Management System

THE FIRST POWERED NEGATIVE PRESSURE PRODUCT DESIGNED
SPECIFICALLY FOR MANAGEMENT OF SURGICALLY CLOSED INCISIONS

By Jeffrey J. Gibson, M.D.

The development of techniques such as laparoscopic and laser surgeries, as well as transcatheter treatments, has allowed physicians in many specialties to limit surgical incisions. When small to medium incisions are still necessary, innovations such as absorbable sutures and staples, which evenly distribute tension, have allowed physicians to close surgical wounds less invasively. These closure techniques have allowed for faster and more complete healing, which benefit physicians and patients.

Despite the advances in surgical technique and repair, there are still some conditions that require large incisions which have the potential for dehiscence and infection. For these situations, the the goal is to close the wound as safely and quickly as possible to prevent infection, limit patient discomfort, and reduce patient recovery time.

MINIMIZING SCARS
As a plastic and reconstructive surgeon, in addition to closing wounds with limited ischemic techniques, I am also duly expected to deliver results that limit scarring and preserve the skin’s integrity as much as possible. While most surgeons agree that scarring should be minimized with low tension closures, this is especially important for patients who have elected to undergo a cosmetic procedure or for whom scarring is of particular concern. To this end, I actively research advancements in wound healing with the goal of keeping up with cutting-edge techniques that allow my patients to heal without complications.

One of the newest products I have been utilizing in surgery practice is the Prevena Incision Management System, a recent addition to the Negative Pressure Wound Therapy platform…READ ON - Click Here to Download Full Article

Dr. Gibson

About the Author
Jeffrey J. Gibson M.D., is a Reconstructive Plastic Surgeon, located in Miami, Florida. Dr. Gibson is particularly adept in breast reconstruction and wound closure. He completed a 2-year fellowship in angiogenic wound healing and currently has over 50 publications and abstracts on this subject. He is also president and CEO of a multi skin care anti-aging product line.

Prevena The Prevena™ Incision Management System covers and protects the incision from external infectious sources, while negative pressure removes fluid and infectious material from the surgical incision. Visit the KCI website for more information: http://www.kci1.com.

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