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Mechanics of wound healing and importance of Vacuum Assisted Closure in urology.

Division of Urology, Southern Illinois University, Springfield, Illinois 62794-9665, USA.
The Journal of Urology (Impact Factor: 3.75). 06/2005; 173(5):1463-70. DOI: 10.1097/01.ju.0000157339.05939.21
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ABSTRACT We discuss the mechanisms of wound healing and our experience with the Vacuum Assisted Closure device (Kinetic Concepts, Inc., San Antonio, Texas) for complex urogenital wounds.
The literature obtained from a Medline search on wound healing, wound failure and vacuum assisted closure was reviewed. In addition, we reviewed our experience with negative pressure wound therapy.
Wound healing is a complex interaction between the reticuloendothelial and immune systems, in addition to correctable internal and external factors. Understanding the healing process improves outcomes and decreases patient morbidity. Negative pressure wound therapy has hastened wound healing and it adds significant improvement in the arsenal of choices available.
Vacuum Assisted Closure is a therapeutic alternative that complements surgical and medical intervention in patients with complex wounds.

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