Amputation is one of the most devastating consequences of diabetes. In fact, more than 60 percent of non-traumatic lower-limb amputations occur in people with diabetes, and one diabetes-related amputation occurs in the world every 30 seconds. In addition, mortality rates increase with amputation. TMC’s goal is to save a limb, save a life.
Patients with diabetes often suffer foot problems because poor circulation and nerve damage lessen the body’s ability to feel pain in the foot or detect injuries. Even tiny cuts or ingrown toenails, left untreated, can cause serious tissue damage that may require amputation.
TMC’s Limb Salvage Team is comprised of vascular and podiatric surgeons, nurses, technologists and registered dietitians who are available to all patients with lower-extremity ulceration. This combination of specialties arises from the concept of “toe and flow,” in which podiatric surgeons manage the non-vascular issues of the foot and vascular surgeons perform the necessary measures to ensure adequate circulation for healing.
The Limb Salvage Team utilizes leading-edge methods such as rapid endovascular interventions, synthetic skin substitutes and prophylactic elective surgery to eliminate biomechanical foot abnormalities.