Every year it is estimated that there are between 220,000 and 240,000 amputations which could involve the toes, legs, and feet in the United States and Europe due to advanced PAD4. Globally, it has been estimated that the incidence of major amputations is 120-150/million population.6 The good news is there are real options – different medical treatments exist that can help to restore blood flow and help reduce the risk of amputation.
If you have been told you need an amputation due to advanced PAD or CLI (critical limb ischemia), you likely have a blockage in one of your blood vessels that is preventing blood from reaching a part of your body, such as your foot or toes. This can result in symptoms such as ulcers (foot sores) and gangrene. These wounds can lead to further infection and disease if adequate blood flow is not restored.
Amputation is a potential outcome of advanced PAD (peripheral arterial disease); however, it has been reported that many lower limb amputations resulting from diabetes-related complications could have been prevented.5 If you would like to seek a second opinion about your case, please visit our Physician Finder. There you will find doctors who perform procedures that may help reduce the risk of amputation.
Every case is different and only a doctor can provide you with medical guidance appropriate to your condition. Please visit the What to Expect page to learn more about minimally invasive procedures that can help to open a blocked artery and that may help restore blood flow. Ask your doctor if he or she is familiar with these types of procedures and if they are an option in your case.
One of the most important steps in determining whether amputation or other treatments are appropriate is to get a picture of the blockage in your leg. Contrast angiography is a medical procedure that takes pictures of your blood vessels so the doctor can observe the blockage. This can help your doctor to determine if an alternative treatment to amputation is appropriate for you.
Unfortunately, PAD cannot be cured. Medical treatment and a healthy lifestyle can help improve blood flow and help keep the disease from getting worse. Taking action against PAD and CLI (critical limb ischemia) while these conditions are still manageable may help reduce leg pain and the risk of serious complications, including the risk of amputation, heart attack, stroke, and cardiovascular disease. That’s great news for you and your loved ones.
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These three words have the power to change lives. Between 8 to 10 million Americans are estimated to suffer from poor blood flow to the arms, legs and feet potentially leading to vascular disease, amputation or worse. Are you, or someone you know, suffering from Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)? Do you have pain in your legs when you walk at night, or even when resting? Do not ignore it. These warning signs are real and it’s time to get real help. Welcome to the LOVE YOUR LIMBS™ Campaign, by Bard Peripheral Vascular.