Heart and Vascular Health

Preventing Amputations due to Vascular Diseases

St. John Providence’s 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:

  • St. John Hospital and Medical Center, Amputation Prevention Center, Detroit, MI, 313-343-8701
  • 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. They are also part of a St. John Providence emergency response team and perform wound debridement.

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  

The staff at the Amputation Prevention Centers at St. John Providence have the knowledge and experience to help you avoid amputation. For diabetics, we offer personalized treat plans to reduce the need for amputation. In fact, 85 percent of amputations due to diabetes are preventable. 

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 and then contact a St. John Providence Amputation Prevention Center nearest you for follow-up appointment.

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