Understanding the Needs of Patients Facing Amputation The expertly trained vascular/endovascular surgeons at Christie Clinic Vein & Vascular Limb Preservation Center are dedicated to saving and maintaining the functional status of patients with vascular disease who may be facing lower limb or foot amputation. With a unique, state-of-the-art outpatient office based catheterization laboratory, the vascular surgeons at the Limb Preservation Center offer patients same day consultation, evaluation, and an understanding of treatment options, which may include minimally invasive procedures to restore blood flow to the lower extremities. WHO IS AT RISK FOR AMPUTATION? Nearly 2 million Americans are living with limb loss and over half of those are due to vascular disease such as Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)1. Do you know your risks? Personal or family history of vascular disease or heart disease Have high blood pressure Have high cholesterol Are a current or past smoker Are overweight or live a sedentary lifestyle Are diabetic Are age 70+ or if you are age 50+ and are a smoker and or diabetic IS LIMB PRESERVATION AN OPTION FOR ME? Oftentimes, amputation is a result of preventable health conditions. Amputation is a life changing event so it is crucial to know your options and when to seek a second opinion. Good candidates for limb preservation include those who: Have leg or feet sores, wounds or ulcers that won’t heal Notice pain, tightening or cramping of the leg or buttock muscles after walking a short distance Are told they need an amputation WHY CHRISTIE CLINIC VEIN & VASCULAR CENTER LIMB PRESERVATION CENTER? Our vascular surgeons provide comprehensive, personalized care that includes proper wound management and minimally invasive procedures that improve blood flow to the foot to aggressively address the factors that can lead to limb loss. Christie Clinic Vein & Vascular Center Limb Preservation Center offers: Full office based exams including access to Doppler, angiogram, ultrasound testing Outpatient, office based catheterization laboratory Ease of access to procedures giving patients and their families peace of mind Minimally invasive procedure done under local anesthesia Low recovery time A variety of treatment options Access to clinical trial technology not readily available to other providers across the country 1. https://www.amputee-coalition.org/resources/limb-lossstatistics/#:~:text=There%20are%20nearly%202%20million,than%202%25)%20(1) 2. Owings M, Kozak LJ, National Center for Health S. Ambulatory and Inpatient Procedures in the United States, 1996. Hyattsville, Md.: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics; 1998. 3. https://www.amputee-coalition.org/limb-loss-resource-center/resources-filtered/resources-by-topic/limb-loss-statistics/limb-loss-statistics/ 4. Ortegon MM, Redekop WK, Niessen LW. Cost-Effectiveness of Prevention and Treatment of the Diabetic Foot. Diabetes Care2004 April 1, 2004;27(4):901-7.