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limb salvage surgery

overview

Limb salvage surgery is used to improve blood flow to your leg if you have peripheral artery disease, a condition that causes pain in the calf or leg or ulcers that don’t heal. Although it’s often treated by a walking program, angioplasty or stents that help open up arteries, peripheral artery disease may also be treated with limb salvage surgery.

There are several types of limb salvage surgery, including the removal of plaque from an artery (an endarterectomy) or a bypass graft around the blockage in the artery of the leg. The bypass can be a patient’s own healthy vein or an artificial graft vein. More complex surgeries bypass blood flow from the aorta to the legs, or from one leg to the other. Once blood flow is restored, the pain caused by lack of flow is greatly improved and wounds heal faster.

what to expect

Limb salvage surgeries require general anesthesia and a breathing tube, which is removed after surgery. Before you get the surgery, you’ll see your primary care provider or cardiologist to evaluate your heart and lungs. Some people may need a cardiac stress test or a cardiac catheterization prior to surgery.

why Aurora?

At Aurora’s Vascular Center, all the specialists you need are in one place. The center includes CT scan (computerized tomography) and ultrasound suites. Tests can be reviewed right away and discussed with you at your next appointment. Our staff includes vascular medicine doctors, vascular surgeons, vascular interventionists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses and imaging technicians.

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