Centers of Excellence for Amputation Prevention
RestorixHealth specializes in developing and managing centers of excellence for amputation prevention, wound management and hyperbaric medicine in conjunction with our partners.
Chronic wounds are a significant health problem affecting millions of people. It is estimated that in excess of $25 billion is spent annually on the treatment of chronic wounds and that number is growing rapidly due in part to a sharp rise in the incidence of obesity and diabetes as well as an aging population.
Up to 25% of individuals with diabetes develop a foot ulcer at some point in their lifetime and more than 60% of all lower extremity amputation patients have diabetes. Not all limbs can be salvaged, but the World Health Organization estimates that 85% of amputations are preventable.
Comprehensive wound healing centers that include hyperbaric oxygen therapy are now the standard of care to treat patients with chronic, non-healing wounds. With an organized, focused approach to treating chronic, non-healing wounds, outpatient wound centers have realized significantly better healing rates than traditional care in a physician office.
However, this often does not hold true for diabetic patients who present to wound care programs with complex medical problems and emergent conditions. These patients require a higher standard of care for healing these debilitating and often limb-and life-threatening diabetic-related wounds.
The pairing of highly skilled surgical podiatrists with vascular specialist dedicated to saving patients from major amputations, coupled with advances in technology, has proven to be an important next step in improving outcomes for some of the most complex wounds presenting to our clinics.
Implementing an advanced wound care and limb salvage program that includes hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy to serve this rapidly growing demographic presents tremendous opportunity.