What to Expect From the First Appointment
Patients are mostly referred by their primary care physician, and the program operates by appointment. Upon referral to Saint Joseph Wound Center, patients undergo a thorough diagnostic examination to identify the type of wound you have and the underlying problems causing the wound. At the initial appointment consists of a full assessment to determine the etiology of the wound, the appropriate classification and size of the wound, the overall health status of the patient and the patient’s ability to comply with needed therapies.
Based on the evaluation, a customized treatment plan is developed to optimize the therapies best suited to address the patient’s needs. Wound size and depth are documented at the initial visit, and again at each subsequent visit. Some of the diagnostic modalities which may be used include:
- Laboratory evaluation
- Radiology (including MRI)
- Transcutaneous oxygen testing
- Vascular studies, electrocardiogram
After this determination, a program specifically tailored to your needs will be initiated based on the most effective treatment options. An interdisciplinary approach will be used to provide the maximum healing possible.
Specialized wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy are usually administered on an outpatient basis. Patients are free to drive themselves to Saint Joseph Wound Center for therapy, and you should plan two-and-a-half to three hours for each visit.