Limb preservation clinic in Denver
Rose Advanced Wound Care specializes in treating patients with limb-threatening conditions, such as diabetic foot ulcers/infections and peripheral arterial disease. Diabetic foot complications are among the most complex limb-threatening conditions to treat and require a coordinated, organized approach. The good news is that up to 80 percent of amputations due to diabetic complications are preventable with an integrated approach to treatment.
Our wound care and orthopedic experts are dedicated to preventing lower limb loss and optimizing outcomes for patients with chronic, non-healing wounds.
When trying to save a limb, time is of the essence. Any time you have a sore or wound on your lower extremity that is concerning, don’t wait. Talk to your physician or contact Rose Advanced Wound Care at (303) 329-4849 for an appointment right away if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- A foot or leg ulcer that is red and/or swollen
- An ulcer or skin surrounding an ulcer has turned black
- A leg or foot ulcer and you have had a previous major or minor lower limb amputation
- You have been told that you might need an amputation of a toe, foot or lower leg
How does a chronic wound lead to amputation?
What may seem like a simple wound on your foot or lower leg can be complicated by underlying conditions and can turn into a serious problem. Lower extremity amputation is an unfortunate and often avoidable complication of diabetes. In fact, the majority of lower limb amputations are due to foot ulcers that are a result of complications from diabetes, including:
- Neuropathy, loss of feeling in your feet
- Poor circulation
- Charcot foot, a deformity that forms in some patients with diabetes
- Repetitive trauma, from ill-fitting shoes that cause redness, blisters and eventually sores
Ulcers develop in up to 25 percent of people with diabetes over their lifetime. The longer an ulcer remains open and unhealed, the more likely it is to become infected. Foot ulcers complicated by infection are often what leads to an amputation.
Amputation prevention treatments
Since non-healing wounds rarely result from a single cause, we begin with a thorough evaluation and diagnostic testing to determine the underlying cause of the wound. A treatment plan is then developed to give patients the best chance for healing. We do everything in our power to preserve limbs, and depending on your type of wound, your treatment plan may include:
- Infection control
- Restoration of blood blow
- Debridement, the removal of dead tissue
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT)
- Skin substitutes
- Compression therapy
- Foot reconstruction
- Skin graft
Following up with your treatment is the single most important factor in your healing.