The vacuum-assisted closure device (V.A.C.) is a type of wound closure therapy that minimizes hospitalization, increases outpatient comfort and achieves dramatic results.

This device was invented and developed by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center physicians at the Wound Care Center to treat wounds that may have previously been considered untreatable.

The V.A.C. treatment applies localized negative pressure to draw the edges of the wound to the center of the site. The negative pressure is applied to a special dressing positioned within the wound cavity or over a flap or graft.

By applying pressure directly to the wound, we are able to remove the fluid that causes swelling, stimulate cellular growth, increase blood flow and promote an increased healing response.