Your first appointment at Allen Hospital Wound Center | Waterloo, IA

What to Expect at Your First Appointment

Patients may self-refer or be referred by their primary care provider to the Allen Hospital Wound & Hyperbaric Center. The program operates by appointment. At your first visit, you'll undergo a thorough diagnostic examination to identify the type of wound you have and the underlying problems causing the wound. The initial appointment consists of a full assessment to determine the cause of the wound, the appropriate classification and size of the wound, your overall health status and your 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 
  • Ultrasound

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 is usually administered on an outpatient basis. Patients are free to drive themselves to the Center for therapy, and you should plan one-and-a-half to two hours for this initial visit.

What to bring to your first appointment:

  • A list of all medications you're currently taking including over-the-counter drugs and vitamins and homeopathic remedies.
  • A list of any allergies or sensitivities you have.
  • Medical records, including x-rays, if you have them.
  • Insurance cards and identification.