Time is of the essence when trying to save a limb from amputation.
- Foot ulcers are the most common cause of amputation in patients with diabetes
- According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 60% of amputations in the U.S. are performed on patients with diabetes
- The World Health Organization estimates that 85% of amputations are preventable
There are many factors that can cause a wound to become chronic enough to lead to amputation, however the majority of lower limb amputations are due to foot ulcers that are a result of complications from diabetes, including:
- Poor circulation
- Charcot foot
For patients with threatened limbs resulting from a chronic wound – there may be alternatives to amputation.
Our approach to saving limbs is aggressive and comprehensive, coordinating traditional and advanced therapies, with a focus on surgery to heal wounds and improve circulation. As specialists in amputation prevention, Amputation Prevention Center facilities have demonstrated signicant reductions in limb loss.
Getting a second opinion at an Amputation Prevention Center® facility may be your best chance of getting back your quality of life and living your life to its fullest.