Limb Salvage and Preservation

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At our office, Limb Preservation is of utmost importance when it comes to the care of our patients. Some of our patients – particularly those with diabetes – may be at risk for foot or leg amputation. Before amputating a foot or lower leg, we take every measure possible to salvage the limb and preserve its healthy structure. Our goal is to use advanced treatments and state of the art surgical techniques to provide premium care for the conditions most often responsible for amputation.

Did you know…

 that limb salvage and preservation techniques can have a significant influence on a patient’s long-term quality of life? People who cannot walk because of an amputation may be more likely to suffer from depression, early mortality, not to mention require long-term care or assisted living. Limb preservation may also help prevent hospital re-admissions as a result of amputation-related complications.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of conditions increase the risk of needing an amputation?

There are several reasons why a leg or foot may need to be amputated, some of which include infections, wounds that will not heal, and peripheral artery disease.

What types of treatments are available to help salvage and preserve legs and feet?

Dr. Misako McLeod is highly skilled and trained in limb preservation surgery and Amputation Prevention.  She employs many different treatments, some of which include:

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How can I reduce my risk of needing an amputation?

The conditions that most commonly raise the risk of amputation are often asymptomatic or otherwise minimally perceptible to patients who may have lost sensation in their feet and legs. That is why everyone with a predisposition to potential foot health complications should undergo regular Hawaii podiatric check-ups and seek medical attention right away at the first sign of an abnormality.

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