UnityPoint Health - Des Moines

Wound Healing

The Wound Healing Center provides specialized out-patient treatment for wounds that have not healed for six weeks or longer.

Our wound healing team consists of doctors and nurses committed to providing you with comprehensive care. We truly understand the discomfort and inconvenience your wounds cause you every day. Because we want to help you feel better, you have our commitment to provide the treatment you need in a professional and caring manner.

Specialized Care

A wide variety of wounds may impact a patient's life, including wounds that do not heal for longer than 30 days, wounds that recur, diabetic foot and ankle wounds, venous stasis ulcers, ischemic ulcers, stage II or higher pressure ulcers, surgical wounds and even unusual wounds caused by insect bites, herpes, collagen, vascular and other immunologic disorders or sickle cell disease.

Upon referral from another health care provider, the Wound Healing Center at Iowa Methodist provides specialized outpatient treatment for wounds that have not healed for thirty days or longer. The Center's team consists of physicians and nurses committed to providing patients with comprehensive wound care, including a specialized care plan to meet the needs of each patient. This team understands a patient's physical and psychological discomforts as well as the significant inconvenience these wounds may cause.  The center has specialists in podiatry, infectious disease, hyperbaric oxygen and general surgery, and calls upon other specialists as necessary, including vascular surgeons and plastic surgeons.

Proper wound care management helps to improve patient mobility, quality of life and patient well-being. A wound care nurse gathers detailed information about the history of a patient's wound and their current health. Providers and staff strive to help heal the wound, repair the damage it has done, and, above all, help to reduce the potential of recurrence.

Regular visits and in-depth education helps create better patient outcomes.

Who should use the Wound Healing Center?

  • Persons with non-healing wounds of more than six weeks' duration
  • Persons with wounds that recur after healing
  • Persons with diabetic foot and ankle wounds
  • Persons with venous stasis ulcers
  • Persons with ischemic ulcers
  • Persons with stage II or higher pressure ulcers
  • Persons with wounds where an unusual cause is suspected (e.g. sickle cell, rheumatoid arthritis, herpes, etc.)

What to Expect

  • A wound care nurse will gather detailed information about the history of your wound and your current health status.
  • An evaluation of your wound will be completed. As a result of the evaluation, we may ask you to have some additional testing and laboratory work.
  • You will be taught the cause of your wound, how to care for your wound, and how to recognize early warning signs of complications.
  • The first visit usually lasts two to three hours. Following visits should only take about an hour.

What to Bring

  • Any medication you are taking and their original containers (prescription and over the counter).
  • The family member or friend who helps you with your wound. He or she will learn more about how to care for your wound.
  • Loose fitting clothes that allow room for larger dressings.
  • Your insurance card or other insurance information requested by the Center.

By keeping your appointments, arriving on time and following your treatment program, you will speed your recovery and promote successful healing.