What to expect at the first appointment
After you’ve received a referral from your primary care provider, your first appointment will consist of a thorough diagnostic exam to identify the type of wound you have and the underlying cause.
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Some diagnostic tests can include:
- Laboratory evaluation
- Radiology (including MRI)
- Transcutaneous oxygen testing
- Vascular studies, electrocardiogram
Based on the evaluation, we’ll develop a treatment plan customized to your unique needs. Our wound care specialists will recommend a combination of the most effective treatment options to maximize the healing process. We’ll carefully document the status of your condition so we can track your healing progress after each visit.
Your visits will usually be on an outpatient basis. You are free to drive yourself to the Center for therapy, and you should plan two-and-a-half to three hours for each visit.
Custom treatment plans
During your treatment, you will visit the Center on a regular basis to receive specialized therapy and to examine the progress of your healing. We’ll also show you how to do your own wound care at home between visits and how to protect your wound from further injury.
It is very important to remember that you are the most important part of your healing process. Keeping appointments and following directions are critical to attaining a positive healing outcome.
Preparing for your treatments
After an initial consultation and examination at the center, you will receive complete instructions regarding your treatment.
You should refrain from smoking or the use of any tobacco products during the entire course of therapy. Tobacco use will prolong or even prevent healing of a wound site due to its effect on the blood vessels in your body.
If you are sick or on medication
If you have a cold or cough, the flu, sore throat, chills, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, please let us know before your treatments begin. Also, alert the staff to any medications you are taking, or changes in medication during the course of your treatment. If you are diabetic, please eat properly and continue to take your prescribed medication to control your blood sugar level. (Note: your blood sugar level will also be checked during each visit to the Center.)