What is Limb Preservation and Amputation Prevention?

 Patients with vascular disease are at high risk for foot and leg wounds that do not heal and may ultimately require amputation to save their lives.  Our team of vascular surgeons at CTVS provide advanced treatment alternatives with the goal to intervene early, improve blood flow, heal wounds, and prevent major limb amputations.

We are experts in treating Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) and administering limb preservation therapies to avoid a situation where amputation is necessary.

PAD is a circulatory condition in which the blood vessels are narrowed causing reduced or blocked blood flow to your extremities, ultimately leading to dangerous, non-healing wounds and dead tissue if not treated in a timely manner.

Limb preservation refers to the crucial steps we take in order to save a damaged limb from amputation.

Who is at risk for amputation or loss of a limb?  

Many factors place people at risk for amputation or loss of limb. Our program offers advanced techniques for treating limb threatening conditions or diseases. These conditions or diseases include:

  • Acute and chronic infections which threaten extremities
  • Advanced Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)
  • Critical Limb Ischemia
  • Diabetes
  • Non-healing leg or foot ulcers
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Kidney failure
  • Lymphedema
  • Other venous disorders or vascular disease

When is it time to make an appointment?

If you notice symptoms or have certain risk factors for PAD or experience either of the following, please contact us to schedule an appointment with one our vascular surgeons:

  • Reproducible pain with walking: pain that occurs when walking but improves when at rest
  • Early signs of a threatened extremity: legs or feet feeling cooler in temperature, loss of hair on legs, or slow growth of toenails

It’s time to seek immediate medical attention if you have:

  • Progressive signs of a threatened extremity: numbness, weakness, or small ulcers on your toes, feet, or lower legs
  • Severe signs of a threatened extremity: sharp pain in your foot at rest, black/darkened toes, or severe toe, foot, or leg ulcers

What services and treatments does CTVS offer to treat PAD and prevent amputation?

Our goal is to always save a limb by any means necessary. CTVS provides a wide range of diagnostics and therapies all conveniently located within our own practice to treat PAD and other conditions in order to prevent amputation including:

  • Diagnostics and evaluation: to gauge artery and vein function
  • Medical therapy: to promote your overall good health including counseling for tobacco cessation and guidance on nutrition and exercise
  • Minimally invasive surgical procedures: to restore blood flow and improve circulation
  • Surgical revascularization: open surgical techniques such as bypass and endarterectomy for when minimally-invasive treatments are not effective at increasing blood flow
  • Wound care: working with podiatry and other wound care specialists to maximize wound care and promote healing

When necessary, our vascular surgeons perform amputations to save patients from life-threatening complications. We work with prosthetic companies to help patients return to activities of daily living as soon as possible.

Our CTVS board-certified vascular surgeons specializing in limb preservation and amputation prevention are:

For more information, contact our Limb Preservation and Amputation Prevention Program Director Jamie Beffort, RN at (512) 323-5873.