Complex limb reconstructive surgery can get patients back on their feet after a traumatic injury or even prevent a diabetes foot amputation. With the latest advances in surgical techniques and instrumentation, recovery has never been faster. But it takes a team of medical professionals working together to deliver the best patient outcome.
Dr. Pereira believes a team approach works best. As one of the area’s most respected reconstructive surgeons, he’s known by primary care physicians for being an excellent team leader. Your doctor will be part of your treatment from diagnosis through surgery and recovery.
In addition to your primary care physician, Dr. Pereira will assemble a team of other specialists and medical professionals to make sure that you receive the most effective course of treatment. You’ll have the chance to meet and talk with members of your treatment team so that you’ll know them by name before treatment begins.
Your team may include endocrinologists, infectious disease experts, vascular surgeons, endovascular specialists, radiologists, plastic surgeons, and physical therapists. Dr. Pereira’s network of medical professionals across diverse areas of practice enable him to assemble a team for nearly any foot, ankle, or limb reconstruction surgery.
Most foot and ankle reconstructive surgery procedures are performed at the hospital, for a convenient and comfortable patient experience. From the use of Orthoplastics and microsurgery procedures to treating diabetes complications, your team of caregivers has access to all of the resources they need.
Of course, the preference is always to prevent surgery in the first place. In the case of diabetes, preventative care is vital to reduce the risk of surgery for amputation or limb salvage. Those suffering from diabetes face a 15-40X higher risk of amputation as a result of the disease. Beating that statistic takes a team effort.
Putting the patient’s well-being first, Dr. Pereira works with primary care physicians to help diabetes patients reduce their risk through proper foot care and other treatments to maintain circulation and head-off infection.
Still, some 2 million of the 40 million Americans with diabetes will develop foot ulcers. Without immediate treatment, these wounds rapidly become limb-threatening. This rapid escalation of risk is partly why 45% of non-traumatic amputations performed each year in the United States are a result of diabetes.
If your primary care physician is helping you manage your diabetes, you should know that there is a team available to you should complications develop. Even the smallest scratch or cut can lead to limb loss. Talk to Dr. Pereira about how you and your primary doctor can work to reduce your risk and respond immediately in the event of even a seemingly minor complication.