What Does Limb Preservation Mean for You?

by Kelsey DeClue | Sep 03, 2019

    Multiple factors place people at risk for amputation or loss of limb, including diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, kidney failure and other conditions.  Amputation can be a scary and risky option for patients to consider, and at Columbus Regional Health, we are committed to working with at-risk patients to avoid amputation whenever possible and help them manage their condition and improve their quality of life. 

    Columbus Regional Hospital’s Wound Center is proud to introduce the Limb Preservation Program, a service dedicated to preserving limbs, independent walking and patient lifestyle.
    The Limb Preservation Program includes a comprehensive team of specialists who collaborate to treat most limb threatening conditions. While the team consists of physicians and nurses with expertise in all aspects of limb salvage, the main focus is on the patient with diabetic foot problems and/or vascular compromise who are at risk for foot and leg amputation due to conditions such as infections, non-healing wounds and peripheral arterial disease.
    Early diagnosis allows for the selection of appropriate medical and surgical intervention to give the best chances of preventing amputation. Preserving limbs and the ability to walk is critical to maintaining personal autonomy and dignity. 
The program combines advanced care with convenience in an aggressive, streamlined approach.  
    This program is the first of its kind in the southern Indiana region to focus on preventing amputation by utilizing advances in technology to treat limb-threatening conditions. The Limb Preservation Program employs the latest limb-saving techniques through a multidisciplinary approach.  Vascular surgeons and podiatrists manage care and coordinate referrals to specialists in cardiology, endocrinology, infectious disease, general and plastic surgery, orthopedics and rehabilitation among many others. 
    The program also features a nurse navigator to coordinate care and a dietician and diabetic nurse educator to assist patients through their treatment.  
    If you or someone you know is suffering from a non-healing wound of the lower extremity, please contact the Columbus Regional Health Wound Center for an evaluation.  Referrals from your primary care provider are welcome, but not required for an appointment. 

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   John R. Hladik, DPM, CWS
   Medical Director, Columbus Regional Health Wound Center

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