What To Expect
What To Bring
Your first visit is known as a ‘consult’. During your initial consult, you’ll be led to a room by one of our friendly staff members. There, you will meet either a medical assistant or a nurse practitioner who will do what is called a ‘work-up’–these staff members gather information about your visit that is important for the physician. If you are a patient who is having issues with their legs or has wounds, you may be asked to remove your pants for proper examination within your private room. Patients with wounds and ulcers may be asked to have a photo taken of the problematic area for the purpose of tracking how the wound heals. Once this information is complete, the medical assistant or nurse practitioner shares it with the physician, who will then take over the consult. The doctor then speaks with you about what you’ve been experiencing and what that could mean, then wraps up the consult by making sure that you have all necessary information about what will happen going forward; this will include the results of the consult, pamphlets or brochures illuminating more about the diagnosis, and what the next steps will be. If it is determined that you need a procedure of some sort, information about what to do before and after the procedure will be given, that way you have a full idea of what that process may look like.
Since many of the patients we see have a progressive disease–meaning that it will never fully go away even with treatment–it is important that we schedule them for regular follow-ups. Follow-ups are usually shorter, and may be conducted entirely with a nurse practitioner. The process is similar to that of the initial consult; you may be worked up by either a medical assistant or a nurse practitioner, who will gather information about how you’ve been doing after your procedure. This information is then given to the doctor, who may or may not request an ultrasound based on your symptoms. From there, the doctor will determine your next steps.