What To Expect

What To Bring

  • List of Medications
  • Photo ID
  • Insurance Cards (primary, and secondary, etc)
  • Past Medical History and Relevant Diagnostic Testing
At Palm Vascular Centers, we understand that there can be some intimidation about what your path may look like anytime you visit a specialist. In order to help alleviate that stress, we’d like to give you an idea of what you can expect–from your first visit and forward.

Consult

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.

Procedure

The process for each procedure is a bit different, but it generally begins with a registered nurse prepping you. This means a nurse guides you through signing all consent forms, records all of your vitals, and assesses you to ensure that everything is stable to move forward. You will be prepped in your private room, and from there you move into the procedure room, where you may be administered medication. Once the procedure is complete, you will return to your private room for recovery. Recovery times depend on the procedure as well, but all services that we offer are minimally invasive and thus allow for you to leave by the end of the day. However, any procedure requiring conscious or moderate sedation will require that you have someone present to drive you, as you may not operate a vehicle while under the influence of the medication. As with any procedure, you should have someone available to be with you for 24 hours to ensure your safety.

Follow Up

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.