What Is Limb Saving?
Techniques performed in order to give patients an alternative to amputation. There are many different types of limb-sparing techniques including negative pressure therapy, bioengineered skin grafting, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
Who Is At Risk Of Losing A Limb?
Patients often present with a non-healing ulcer. They may have decreased sensory loss of an extremity. Those at risk for possible limb loss may include patients with any, some, or all of the following co-morbidities: peripheral arterial disease, coronary artery disease, tobacco use, diabetes, blood clotting disorders, non-healing wounds, bone infection (osteomyelitis), rest claudication and hyperlipidemia.
Limb Loss Prevention
A team approach is critical to limb saving. Whether a patient currently has problems with their legs and feet or is looking for ways to prevent future problems, our multi-disciplinary team is here to guide patients through this journey.
Using established protocols and the latest advancements, our team of specialists will work with patients, families, and their current healthcare team to ensure they have the services, care and preventative tools needed to optimize long-term health.
Our multidisciplinary program features:
- A comprehensive evaluation by one of our physicians to develop an individualized care plan based on established protocols and unique patient-specific needs.
- A team of specialists to work with the patient and the patient’s existing healthcare providers
- A nurse navigator to help patients and families with communication and coordination of healthcare among various healthcare providers
- Education, including nutrition and diabetes management skills for home use
- Prevention, including off loading, pressure relief and routine foot care
- Long term follow up
Our Team Includes Specialists From The Following Areas:
- Nurse Navigator
- Interventional Cardiology
- Infectious Disease
- Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
- Primary Care
- Rehabilitative Medicine
- Sleep Medicine
- Wound Healing
- Hyperbaric Medicine
Our experienced nurse navigator will guide and support you and your family while you are in the program. The nurse navigator will help with the coordination of communication between all of your healthcare specialists. Other roles of our nurse navigator include providing education and assisting with developing your plan for care. Our nurse navigator will be available to you by phone, in addition to being available during your clinic appointments.
Who To Call?
To learn more about the Florida Limb Saving Institute, please call (727) 834-4450.