Wounds can occur for a variety of reasons from simple cuts/lacerations to bite wounds to extensive wounds from being hit by a car. Some of these can be managed medically, but often they require surgery to repair the damage and promote faster healing. The sooner we are able to evaluate and repair these wounds, the better the wound will heal. Older wounds will become contaminated with bacteria and the tissue will be dried out meaning that more extensive cleaning and removal of dead tissue will be necessary. Wounds involving joints, tendons or body cavities can necessitate referral for intensive care or surgery performed by a board-certified surgeon.