Frequently Asked Questions
What is specialized wound care?
When wounds persist, a specialized and comprehensive approach is required for healing. We utilize a variety of advanced wound care treatments, such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy, debridement, topical wound therapy, growth-factor therapy, tissue therapy, dressing selection, special shoes and patient education.
Once a treatment plan has been initiated, you will visit our Wound Healing Center on a regular basis for specialized treatments and documentation of your progress. You will also be fully instructed on how to do your own wound care at home between visits, as well as 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 outcome.
What should I expect from my first appointment?
During your first appointment, you will receive a thorough examination to determine your current health status, the type of wound you have and possible causes.
We will document the size and status of your wound, so that we have a starting point to track your progress and schedule/conduct any diagnostic testing you might need. Possible tests include:
- Laboratory evaluation
- Radiology (including MRI)
- Transcutaneous oxygen testing
- Vascular studies, electrocardiogram
The results from your assessment and any initial testing will be used to create your customized treatment plan and determine what therapies you need. An interdisciplinary approach will be used to provide the maximum healing possible.
Specialized wound care is usually administered on an outpatient basis, so you will be able to drive and from our Wound Healing Center for therapy. We recommend planning two-and-a-half to three hours for each visit based upon your customized plan.
How should I prepare for treatment?
After an initial consultation and examination at the center, you will receive complete instructions regarding your treatment. It is important that you refrain from smoking or using any tobacco products during your treatment plan. Tobacco use could prevent you from healing, or slow down the process, due to its effect on your body’s blood vessels.
Can I be treated if I’m sick or on medication?
If you have a cold or cough, the flu, sore throat, chills, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, please inform our staff before your treatments begin. We also need to know 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. Your blood sugar level will also be checked during each visit with us.
Be cautious of these signs that your wound is not healing properly.
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