Alternatives To Amputation

Never Amputate without consulting an Interventional Radiologist First!  As, they are Board Certified Endovascular Specialist in the field.

Early vascular consultation is mandatory in diabetic foot work-up and should be undertaken within 2 weeks if a new skin lesion shows no tendency to heal.
 

For individuals suffering with persistent foot issues stemming from conditions such as vascular diseaseperipheral artery disease (PAD) or diabetes, the challenges and setbacks associated with these ailments can be disheartening.

Exploring Minimally Invasive Surgical Solutions could offer a ray of hope. Dr. Padidar, our esteemed specialist, focuses on preventing amputations and possesses extensive experience in both limb salvage and PAD treatment.

Limb salvage, in this context, involves surgical interventions aimed at preserving the affected limb of patients contending with severe blockages in their extremities. Traditionally, amputation stood as the prevalent "treatment" for limbs affected by PAD, a recommendation often made by doctors lacking substantial vascular expertise.

The intricacies of limb salvage demand the expertise of a proficient specialist, like Dr. Padidar, to intervene effectively and avert the necessity of foot, leg or toe amputation.

Patients are frequently advised by their doctors that amputation of the lower extremity is necessary, and they often undergo the procedure without seeking a second opinion. However, in numerous instances, peripheral artery disease (PAD), while intricate, can be effectively treated through minimally invasive techniques on an outpatient basis.

Traditionally, PAD required invasive surgeries that mandated hospital stays and significant recovery periods. However, this is no longer universally applicable.

Thanks to advancements in endovascular (minimally invasive) procedures, amputations and invasive surgeries are now less commonplace in PAD treatment. Dr. Padidar specializes in such procedures, including laser atherectomy and angioplasty with stenting, with a track record of over 9,000 successful interventions.

Dr. Padidar invites you to schedule an appointment for an in-office second opinion evaluation at MISS Vascular Clinic call (408) 918-0405 to coordinate your appointment.

Factors That May Lead To Leg Amputation

Some of the risk factors that lead to cardiovascular disease for PAD patients include smoking, advanced age, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes and a family history. Additionally people who are sedentary or obese also increase their chances of developing atherosclerosis in addition to all these other health conditions.

The best way to treat ischemia and prevent further damage to the limb or life are by controlling risk factors. One major factor to control is smoking cessation. It may be able slow down progression of the condition in order save your leg or even save your life! The treatment for this involves getting more blood supply going into that area.

11 Ways to Prevent Vascular Amputation

The key to preventing vascular amputation due to PAD is managing your risk factors.

Here are 11 ways to reduce your risk:

  • Examine your legs and feet for sores or changes in skin color or temperature

  • Practice good foot care, including regular visits to the podiatrist.

  • Keep your diabetes under control as directed by your doctor.

  • Visit your doctor for annual checkups and screening exams.

  • Control high blood pressure.

  • Quit smoking and avoid secondhand smoke and all tobacco products

  • Change your eating habits by reducing fat, salt, cholesterol, and simple carbohydrates, and choosing more fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy, and lean meats.

  • Treat high cholesterol with medicine as recommended by your doctor.

  • Lose weight if you are overweight.

  • Limit alcohol consumption or quit altogether.

  • Exercise 30 minutes or more daily. Water-based exercises are a good option if you suffer from leg cramp.

Amputation, Diabetes and Vascular Disease

About 54% of all surgical amputations result from complications of vascular diseases and other conditions that affect blood flow, such as diabetes and peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Chronic vascular problems can lead to tissue death in toes, feet and legs.

Diabetes and peripheral vascular disease are two conditions known to cause foot complications including neuropathy, calluses, ulcers and poor circulation. 

Get A Second Opinion | Schedule An Appointment: 

Minimally Invasive Surgical Solutions | MISS
2030 Forest Ave., Suite 200, San Jose, Ca. 95128
Appointments | (408) 918-0405 

The information contained in this article is not intended to be used as a substitute for medical advice. Patient results will vary based on risk factors, age, disease and medical history and are not guaranteed in any way.


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