Seeking treatment is the first step to healing your wound. Generally, the physician treating your wound will refer you the Wound Healing Center. Or, depending on your insurance, you can make your appointment directly.
What do I bring to my first wound treatment appointment?
- a list of any medications you are currently taking as well a list of any known allergies
- medical records, including X-rays if you have them
- insurance forms or cards
What happens during the wound-healing process?
When you call for your first appointment, we will ask you a few questions about your wound and health in general. Our team of doctors, nurses, and therapists will thoroughly evaluate your wound and review your health and medical history.
We will perform diagnostic tests to evaluate your blood flow and tissue oxygenation as well as to determine if there is any infection present.
Together with your physician, we will develop a treatment program based on our assessment of your personalized needs. We offer vascular studies; tissue culturing and pathology; revascularization; skin grafting; clinical and surgical debridement; and hyperbaric oxygen therapy (link to Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy page). Your program will likely involve regular visits to the Wound Healing Center where your progress is meticulously documented and adjusted as necessary.
We are in constant communication with your personal physician throughout your care. Once your wound is healed, you’ll return to your physician for follow-up care. And of course, you’ll continue seeing your physician for any related ailments such as diabetes and hypertension.
How long will my wound take to heal?
Our results are impressive, with most chronic wounds improved within 12 to 16 weeks, which is far above average in comparison to wounds not treated in a wound healing center.
We monitor your healing rates weekly and your physician and nursing staff regularly conduct patient reviews. We provide progress reports to both primary and referring physicians to show healing rates and ensure your complete care.
How do I continue healing at home?
Much of the success of your wound healing treatment depends on you. We’ll count on you to follow directions carefully and watch your progress closely. You’ll learn about caring for your wound at home, including how to change dressings and how to protect yourself from further injuries. We’re always here to answer questions and give you the support you need to heal.
To schedule an appointment, please call 908-237-6950.
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