Whether you have an injury or need continued treatment for a wound, you’ll need expert care from a team that understands how to care for wounds with a focus on healing. Internal Medicine Physician, Dr. Peter Simek, and the Advanced Practice Clinicians at Plantation Medical Clinic in Plantation, Florida, can get you treated quickly. In addition to typical wound care, Plantation Medical Clinic also offers treatment for diabetic, pressure, and venous stasis ulcers.
In general, you may need stitches if your wound is more than one-quarter-inch long and one-quarter-inch deep. If you apply pressure for more than 15 minutes and the wound continues to bleed, that could be a warning sign that the wound or cut needs to be stitched up.
If there’s visible fat, muscle, bone, tendons, or ligaments when pulling apart your wound or cut, you might need sutures, and you certainly need an evaluation to assess for damage and risk for infection. If you have such a wound, or one that concerns you in general, make an appointment with Dr. Peter Simek, or one of his Advanced Practice Clinicians, rather than trying to diagnose and treat it yourself.
Open sores are basically opening up doors in your body and inviting in bacteria. Because this increases your risk of infection, you’ll need to keep wounds clean and covered. While you probably can’t avoid scarring all together, with proper wound care, you can minimize the severity of your scars.
Your body also heals quicker when your wound is clean and maintained. Dr. Simek can provide you with information on ointments and solutions you can use to kill invading bacteria, while speeding up the healing process.
As soon as the injury occurs, start rinsing it out with running water. If possible, you’ll need to remove glass, dirt, or other debris from the wound, so that you can apply pressure without making it worse. Once the wound is cleaned out, use an antiseptic spray or gel to minimize infection. Apply pressure as needed to stop the bleeding, and have the caring team at Plantation Medical Clinic evaluate your injury as soon as possible.
It depends on the location and type of wound. Dirty cuts can usually be closed up within six hours. But if the area has an increased risk of infection, Dr. Simek might not want to stitch it up for up to 24 hours afterwards.
In some wounds that have a high risk of developing an infection, he might not stitch up the wound at all, just so you can continue cleaning and disinfecting it at home. If you have a simple clean cut though, like from a kitchen knife, he can usually sew it up anywhere from 12-24 hours after you get injured.
Plantation Medical Clinic accepts most major insurance plans as well as Self-Pay. If you do no not see your insurance listed, please call our office and one of our knowledgeable staff members will be happy to help. Thank you!
"Dr. Simek and the whole staff are great. I have been a patient of his for many years. The office staff are fantastic always willing to help."
"The doctor and medical assistant are very knowledgable and the staff is very helpful and pleasant."
"Dr Simek is thorough and is a very competent doctor. Very nice, understanding, and friendly as well."
"The physicians in the office talk to their patients and take time with them. Dr. Simek is always kind, smiling, professional, and I feel confident in his diagnosis."
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