This wonderful patient came to #AHV from another hospital for a second opinion in regards to gangrene and poor circulation in her leg. Before she came to us, she had a procedure done on her legs, but suddenly it worsened and became cold and gangrenous and eventually was offered amputation as her last resort.
This condition is called Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD). Dr. Ashchi and the AHV team took her in on a Saturday morning at the AHV Outpatient Cath Lab and was able to open up the arteries and restore blood flow to the leg rather than performing the suggested below-the-knee amputation. Two years later the patient is still walking. That’s a win for all of us!
Too many amputations happen and we believe that two or three opinions should be made prior to amputation. These amputations are occurring without proper care at a rate of almost 40-50%.
Not all specialists can perform below-the-knee vascular work and limb salvage. Do your research first! It is easy to look at the Medicare website and see which hospital or doctors have the lowest amputation rates in your region.
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