Experts in Limb-Sparing Techniques
injuries and diabetic foot disease
are some of
the things that can put people at risk of losing their arms, legs, feet, hands,
fingers, and toes – either completely or partially.
UT Southwestern’s multidisciplinary team of skilled specialists
uses advanced therapies and limb-sparing surgical techniques to avoid
amputation and preserve function whenever they can. Our team includes experts
from specialties such as:
- Foot and ankle
surgery: Perform surgery to remove
infection, and reconstruct lower extremity deformities.
- Vascular surgery: Help restore
blood flow to wounds and surgical sites to promote healing.
diseases: Deliver and manage antibiotic treatment for diabetic foot
- Internal medicine: Non-surgically
manage patients’ other medical conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, and
- Endocrinology: Help
patients better control their blood glucose levels to optimize healing.
medicine: Evaluate patients who come to the Emergency Department with
- Plastic surgery: Perform
specialized procedures for complex and/or large wounds and tissue defects.
- Physical and
occupational therapy: Help post-surgical patients restore as much
function as possible and teach them how to perform their activities of daily living.
UT Southwestern also offers a dedicated Diabetic Limb Salvage Service.
UT Southwestern physicians and surgeons do
all they can – both non-surgically and surgically – to save patients’ limbs
whenever it is possible to safely do so.
Southwestern surgeons offer a number of procedures that can help salvage limbs.
of damaged tissue (debridement) from wounds, infections, and ulcers
and drainage of infections
In cases of severe infection or gangrene that cannot be
effectively treated or that endangers patients’ lives, our surgeons also
perform amputations. We work closely with our prosthetics
and orthotics, and rehabilitation
specialists throughout these patients’ recovery.