Heart and Vascular Health

Preventing Amputations due to Vascular Diseases

Amputation Prevention Centers heal chronic wounds due to peripheral vascular diseases, including diabetic foot ulcers.

Amputation Prevention Wound Care PAD

With two locations in southeast Michigan, our Amputation Prevention Centers are the only ones in the Midwest part of a national network -- Amputation Prevention Centers of America. These centers benefit our patients by delivering expertise from a team of doctors with advanced training vascular care, wound healing and amputation prevention.

For more information about our wound healing approach or an appointment, call:

  • Ascension St. John Hospital, Amputation Prevention Center, Detroit, MI, 313-343-8701
  • Ascension Providence Hospital, Amputation Prevention Center, Southfield, MI, 248-849-6350

If you are experiencing these wound healing concerns, get immediate medical attention:

  • Red and/or swollen foot or leg
  • Black ulcer or skin surrounding the ulcer
  • Foot ulcer concerns after major or minor lower limb amputation

If you have been told you might need an amputation of a toe, foot or lower limb, call us for a consultation regarding preventing amputation. Our surgical podiatrist and endovascular specialists perform minimally invasive procedures to restore blood flow to the affected limb and treat aggressive infections.

Treating Diabetic Foot Ulcers

One in four diabetics will develop a foot ulcer in their lifetime. Diabetes foot ulcers complicated by infection are the leading cause of lower limb amputation but can be prevented. Monitor diabetes symptoms and contact your doctor if changes occur. The longer an ulcer remains open and unhealed, the more likely it is to become infected.

  • Lose of feeling in the feet (neuropathy)
  • Poor circulation
  • Deformity of the feet (Charcot foot)
  • Blackened, dying tissue (Gangrene)
  • Infections
  • Repetitive trauma from ill-fitting shoes causing redness, blisters and sores

If you have a hard-to-heal, open sores that has not healed within 30 days call us. These wounds may be complicated by other health conditions such as diabetes, heart and vascular diseases, circulation problems or previous radiation therapy. The simplest wounds can turn into significant problems when your body’s normal healing process is affected.

Symptoms that Need Immediate Attention

With fever, flu-like symptoms and swollen, red or blackened skin, go to your nearest emergency department.

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