Diabetic Limb Salvage

Millions of Americans have diabetes, a chronic illness that over time can damage blood vessels and nerves and lead to infection, especially in the feet. Left untreated, diabetes-related foot conditions—like non-healing wounds and gangrene (dead tissue)—can ultimately require amputation. Patient education combined with timely, state-of the-art medical interventions and minimally invasive surgical techniques can prevent unnecessary amputation and save limbs. Among the treatments frequently employed are wound debridement, which surgically removes dead and infected tissue from a wound, and nerve compression, to reverse the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage).