Tag: Amputation

What is Limb Salvage?

Introduced by Western Vascular Institute over 20 years ago, limb salvage of the leg, foot, & ankle is a term used to describe the type of procedure that our wound & Vascular board-certified surgeons are able to provide to save a patients leg from amputation due to peripheral artery disease, diabetes & many other conditions.

In this procedure, our surgeons, because of their unparalleled training & skill level, are able to open arteries through endovascular catheters all the way down to the toes. This allows for blood flow to reach all the way to the tips of the toes, which helps patients improve their mobility & ability to heal wounds as well as saving or “salvaging” their limbs from amputation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diabetic Wound Care

Q: What causes ulceration and slow–healing wounds in a person with diabetes?

A: High levels of blood glucose caused by diabetes can, over time, affect the nerves (neuropathy) and can lead to poor blood circulation making it hard for blood (needed for skin repair) to reach areas of the body affected by sores or wounds. Always see your doctor if an ulcer appears, especially if it does not heal on its own.

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