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Patients with diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, and non-healing leg wounds are at risk for leg amputations. The experts at the University of Maryland’s Limb Preservation Program are committed to providing multidisciplinary care to aggressively address the factors which lead to limb loss.
Our goal is to use a team approach to prevent major leg amputations and to preserve the quality of life of our patients. Specialists from vascular surgery and medicine, podiatry as well as infectious diseases provide comprehensive care that includes proper wound management to complex, minimally-invasive and open surgical procedures to improve blood flow to the foot.
Nearly all lower limb amputations begin with a non-healing ulcer or chronic wound in the foot. Additionally, more than 60% of all lower limb amputations are performed in people with diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. Make an appointment with the University of Maryland so that we can assess your ailment.
Limb Preservation Clinic
In one visit to the Limb Preservation Clinic, patients meet with UMMC specialists in podiatry, vascular surgery and infectious disease.
Our focus is on painless, non-invasive diagnostic methods, such as ultrasound and x-rays, to determine the location and scope of impaired blood flow to the leg, as well as any bony infection or abnormality. This process enables physicians to devise individualized treatment plans that may involve medical or surgical approaches, including medications; circulatory assist devices; specialized wound care products; and both minimally-invasive and open surgical procedures.
Hyperbaric treatment, believed to facilitate the growth of new blood vessels, is also available. Consultations with specialists in plastic surgery, vascular medicine and cardiology are available when needed.
The Limb Preservation Clinic may be right for you if:
- You have severe peripheral arterial disease with foot or leg pain while resting, non-healing ulcers or gangrene
- You have wounds that limit the functional use of the leg
- You have diabetes, especially those with neuropathy which led to sensory loss or pressure sores
- You have lower-limb cramping after walking very short distances
This is only a partial list of patients who may benefit with evaluation by our specialists. Depending on your insurance, you may need a referral from your primary care physician. Once you have a referral, please call to make an appointment.