Wound Care Specialist

Surgical Care of the Virginias

Frederick W. Barker, MD FACS

Breast and General Surgeon located in Bluefield, VA

If you have a wound that’s slow to heal, is large, or appears infected, you may need to see a wound care specialist. At his private practice Surgical Care of the Virginias in Bluefield, Virginia, Frederick Barker, MD, offers comprehensive wound care services. For expert treatment of your wound, call or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.

Wound Care Q & A

When should I seek medical help for a wound?

Life happens, and wounds are often part of the experience. Figuring out when you need medical care for your wound can be tricky, however, so it’s a good idea to follow these guidelines for seeking medical care:

  • A wound that doesn’t stop bleeding
  • A wound that appears infected (swollen, red tissue that’s painful and tender)
  • Any wound that involves retained foreign material or was caused by an animal or human bite, or a deep puncture
  • If you have a fever associated with the wound
  • If the wound is located over a joint
  • You can’t easily close the wound
  • You have a pre-existing condition like diabetes

These guidelines are good rules of thumb to follow, but if you’re at all unsure, please call the office.

Please note that if you’re bleeding does not stop with a few minutes of direct pressure or you're in severe pain, go to your nearest emergency room for immediate care and have the ER contact Dr. Barker.

What can I expect during my wound care?

When you see Dr. Barker, he will examine your wound, clean it, take measurements and decide on the best plan for immediate and follow-up care.

Depending on the situation, Dr. Barker may arrange for you to have specialized dressings and may make arrangements for home care by a visiting nurse. Alternatively, you and he may elect to have you seen regularly in his office or outpatient surgery at the hospital.

As a surgeon, Dr. Barker is an expert in ensuring that your wound heals properly.

What about aftercare for my wound?

Once Dr. Barker is satisfied that your wound is safely dressed or sutured, he mat place you on antibiotics to ward off infection. He will check to make sure that your tetanus immunization is up to date.

When he sends you home, Dr. Barker will see to it that you receive  complete aftercare instructions, including how to clean and redress the wound and if there are any restrictions, such as getting the wound wet, or immobilization of the affected body part.

For experienced wound care, call Dr. Barker or use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.

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