Your First Wound Care Appointment
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Find out what you need to know about care and treatment for your wound at Cottage’s Ridley-Tree Center for Wound Management. To talk with our wound care coordinator call (805) 696-7920.
Your first appointment will take between 60 and 90 minutes. The appointment will include an initial assessment of your wound. One of our specially trained nurses will perform this, and gather information from you about your medical and surgical history and the reason you came to the wound center.
You will be asked questions about your current medications, nutrition, and previous wound care. You will then see one of our Wound Center physicians, who will review your medical history, and assess your current wound.
Because every patient's wound is unique, you will have a thorough diagnostic exam to identify the type of wound you have and its underlying causes. A program specifically tailored to your needs will be started based on the most effective approach, which may include:
A team of specially trained doctors, nurses, and patient-care technicians will care for you. Our center coordinates your care with your primary or referring physician to provide a comprehensive approach to your wound care.
Our staff will set up regular appointments for your visits to the Wound Care Center and give you all the information you need to take care of your wound at home between visits. Keeping your appointments and following wound care instructions are essential to healing your wound, so let us know whenever you have questions about your treatment plan.