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By: Kristen S.
Leavitt Women's Health Care
I've only been to two appointments. The office is efficient and I liked the doctor I saw both times. I was always taken back real quick. My first appointment was the initial ultrasound. They were questioning if the pregnancy was viable because baby was measuring 3 weeks small so they couldn't find a heartbeat. Despite the uncertainty I was still given a huge welcome baby bag of goodies. 2 weeks later it was determined, miscarriage. After I go through the pain of talking to dr I then had to go through being weighed, ect and was asked, when are you due? how many babies is this? etc. I didn't want to be there anymore. Shouldn't you have the info that I'm miscarrying? They are closed on Fridays so I ended up going through my first miscarriage alone, with no pain meds. I was given a prescription for pain meds but dr forgot to put a date on it so pharmacy couldn't fulfill it. I tried to call the after hours number and was told on-call dr was in surgery he would try to call me before end of day. I was scared and emotional and had so many questions about what was going on. I tried several more times to get hold of a dr and was always told they were in surgery. I never did get a phone call back. And now what do I do with a big bag of baby items I no longer need? At our 1st appointment we had to meet with a financial person. We chose to pay a lump sum each appointment so we wouldn't owe a ton when baby was born. I paid soon as I checked in for my appointment and then found out I won't have anymore prenatal appointments so I'm hoping I get a reimbursement. I will go back. Maybe a full pregnancy will be better.
Tips & Advices
This depends on the facility. Patients should call to find out if they'll need a referral from their physician prior to making an appointment.
Aside from hyperbaric oxygen treatment, most wound care centers offer:
  • Debridement: The removal of dead skin and tissue surrounding the wound. This can be done surgically, using a whirlpool bath, syringes, enzymes that dissolve the tissue, or wet dressings that dry on the wound and absorb the dead tissue.
  • Dressing: Wrapping the wound in a protective film, gauze, gel, or foam.
  • Compression stockings: Tight-fitted fabric sheaths that encourage blood flow.
  • Artificial skin: A covering that is applied to the wound for several days as it heals.
  • Ultrasound: The use of sound waves to promote healing.
  • Growth factor therapy: The use of materials naturally produced by the body to encourage quick cell growth.
  • Negative pressure therapy: Creating a vacuum around a wound to encourage faster blood flow to the area.
Depending on where the treatment is administered, hyperbaric oxygen treatment  can cost $100- $1,000. After insurance is applied, patients may have a copay of $10 -$50 or a coinsurance fee of 10 percent to 50 percent.
Most wounds should heal within two to six weeks. An individual should seek chronic wound treatment if a wound has not begun to heal after two weeks or is not completely healed after six.
Most health insurance plans cover wound care. Patients should check with the clinic and their health insurance provider before seeking treatment to be sure.

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