St. Luke's Wound and Hyperbaric Center Helps on Road to Recovery
With a family history of melanoma, Tammy Huckfelt knew the road to recovery would be long.
“I had my first surgery in June of 2017,” says Huckfelt. Her healing process following surgery left her concerned. “I had a significant wound, it wasn’t healing correctly, and I needed help,” she said. She referred herself to the UnityPoint Health- St. Luke’s Wound and Hyperbaric Center where she met with Dr. Dónal Gordon.
“With any wound patient, we assess the wound and prepare a proper treatment plan,” says Dr. Gordon. "Each treatment plan is different, depending on the wound and weekly visits are normal, and often necessary for proper healing. We speak in terms of listening to the wound and we respond accordingly.”
Huckfelt was seen almost every week over a five-month period, and her treatment plan changed multiple times.
“It took a few months for my skin to grow back, but weekly photos showed progress, and promise of recovery,” she says.
“It’s important for me to create a warm, friendly, entirely therapeutic relationship with each patient I see,” says Dr. Gordon.
Dr. Gordon's philosophy transitions down to his staff who made special accommodations for Huckfelt.
“I needed to be to work by 8 a.m. They let me come in at 7:15 a.m. for my treatment, and I got to work on time. I felt so special, like I really mattered to them,” says Huckfelt.
“The sooner you’re treated, the sooner you heal,” says Dr. Gordon, “and we gave Tammy the same professional and competent care she deserved.”
“If any kind of wound has failed to respond to primary or urgent care after a month, sooner preferably, we want to see you,” says Dr. Gordon.
“Everyone was so awesome and welcoming,” says Huckfelt. “They were patient with my questions and were with me every step of the way.”
Patients do not need a referral to visit the wound center, but are encouraged to visit with their primary care provider before making an appointment with UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Wound and Hyperbaric Center.