Limb salvage surgery can be an alternative to amputation for patients who suffer a crush injury, severe complications of diabetes, or bone cancer. Saving the limb can give patients the recovery outcome they prefer, and it can also prove to be more cost-effective than amputation in the long run. An experienced surgeon can help you determine if limb salvage is the right course of treatment based on your injury and the expected long-term recovery.
Dr. Ryan Pereira at Anastasia Medical Group is highly experienced in limb salvage procedures, including the breakthrough Ilizarov method for bone lengthening. He completed an advanced fellowship at the Russian Ilizarov Scientific Center in 2005, and has since taught and lectured on the procedure internationally.
Dr. Pereira stresses that limb salvage, like any course of treatment, must be individualized. A patient’s lifestyle, desired activity level, health complications, and other personal factors must be considered before a course of treatment is decided upon. This requires a thorough medical examination as well as time spent discussing all options and expectations with the doctors and surgeons involved in the course of treatment.
Limb salvage after a car accident
Car accidents can be life changing. Even with advances in automobile safety, collisions can still result in traumatic damage to the body. In some cases, one or both legs may be crushed or severely damaged to the point that amputation is considered. For some patients, limb salvage surgery may be an option.
While limb salvage doesn’t necessarily mean that a patient will regain 100% of leg function they had before the accident, it can deliver recovery outcomes that a patient would prefer over that of an amputation. Dr. Pereira says that eventual outcomes patients can expect range from standing and walking to running or continuing a sports career–it all depends on the patient and the severity of their injuries.
Diabetes limb salvage
Limb loss is a constant concern for the millions of Americans suffering from diabetes. In fact, more than 60% of non-traumatic lower limb amputations occur in people with diabetes, and more than 80% of those procedures are preceded by an ulcer. Every open wound in the lower limbs carries the threat of amputation if not treated properly with professional wound care.
Diabetes patients at extreme risk for lower limb amputation as a result of their disease should know their options regarding limb salvage surgery. Avoiding amputation can help patients live the life they want, while getting treatment for diabetes. It can also help patients avoid higher long term financial costs associated with amputation. A 2010 study in the Journal of Vascular Surgery cited a comparison of 314 diabetes patients who experienced lower limb treatment for ulcers with or without amputation. Healing without amputation averaged less than $7,000, while healing with amputation averaged nearly $45,000 per patient. Increased hospitalization with amputation accounted for much of the cost.
How do I get limb salvage surgery in the Jacksonville area?
Deciding if limb salvage surgery is right for you starts with a consultation. Dr. Pereira’s multi-disciplined staff is experienced both with treating diabetes and performing complex surgical techniques. Leveraging expertise and team thinking, they can work with you to determine expectations and treatment tactics. The best part is, it can all be done in our comfortable, full-service facility on Anastasia Island. You don’t have to go to a hospital.
Make an appointment at Anastasia Medical Group now if you’re looking to hear all of your options regarding limb salvage surgery.