Overview of Wound Healing and Management

Surg Clin North Am. 2017 Feb;97(1):189-207. doi: 10.1016/j.suc.2016.08.013.


Wound healing is a highly complex chain of events, and although it may never be possible to eliminate the risk of experiencing a wound, clinicians' armamentarium continues to expand with methods to manage it. The phases of wound healing are the inflammatory phase, the proliferative phase, and the maturation phase. The pathway of healing is determined by characteristics of the wound on initial presentation, and it is vital to select the appropriate method to treat the wound based on its ability to avoid hypoxia, infection, excessive edema, and foreign bodies.

Keywords: Healing; Management; Skin; Soft tissue injuries; Wound.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Disease Management*
  • Humans
  • Wound Healing*
  • Wounds and Injuries / therapy*