Some of you might be new to the wound care center (see Wound Care New Jersey). That is why you need to read over this information before you go. There are a few things you need to bring with you on your first visit. It is during this time the staff will go over your medical history and evaluate your needs. They will determine whether more tests are needed. Sometimes they can just go by the file. This happens before the doctor comes in and starts to discuss your treatment.

What do I bring with me?

You bring a list of allergies. You also bring an itemized list of what drugs you are currently taking, including herbal and over-the-counter medications. You are going to need the names and numbers of every doctor you see, including current and former doctors. You will also need your insurance cards. It does not matter how small the insurance is, they need to see the records. You might also want to bring snacks or your medication if you are diabetic. Your first visit is going to take extra time. Bring a book to read in the waiting room too.

How do they create a treatment program?

It all depends on the person and the situation. Everyone is different. They are going to run tests and discuss a plan based on what the tests say. The center is going to work with your primary doctor on a regular basis. The doctor will go over your progress with him. They will update your primary doctor on recommended treatment, etc. The only reason the center will stop giving updates is when it becomes medically unnecessary.

What about my primary doctor?

You should keep seeing him or her on a regular basis. You are going to the wound care center because you are dealing with acute or chronic pain that your primary care doctor cannot help.

What can I expect during treatment?

Every patient is different. Some require more advanced treatments. Some of the treatments require special bandages being applied to the sensitive area. Sometimes HBOT (Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy) is used to speed up sensitive cases. The staff takes pictures of the wound when you come in. They take pictures every time you have a visit. Think of it as the “before-and-after” approach. Everything is stored in your file. No one sees it except for the doctor.

Do patients received special instructions?

Yes. Every patient is given instructions every time they come in. They are taught how to treat the area when they are home. They are taught how to protect themselves. Patients are also given an exercise and diet regime they need to follow.

Do I have to follow the exercise and diet program?

No, but your wound heals faster if you follow what the doctor tells you. You can make any special arrangement as they come up.