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Limb Salvage and Preservation Program

Restore Mobility and Confidence

At Lee Health, our limb salvage and preservation experts utilize innovative technology and comprehensive and compassionate solutions to save a limb that is threatened by injury, disease, or other conditions, rather than resorting to amputation. Our goal is to work with you to maintain as much of the natural limb structure and function as possible while effectively treating the underlying issue.

Limb salvage surgery can help restore or improve function and appearance. Our specialized team includes specialists in wound care, diabetes, podiatry, rehabilitation, orthopedics,and vascular surgery dedicated to saving and maintaining functional limbs. Early intervention in limb care increases the chances of successful outcomes, preventing further damage and reducing the risk of complications.

Limb Salvage and Preservation Program Serving Fort Myers and Cape Coral

Conditions We Treat

A successful limb salvage program requires a multidisciplinary team and the use of various diagnostic techniques and advanced treatment options. At Lee Health, we pride ourselves on offering comprehensive limb care. Request an appointment with one of our specialists if you have any of the following:

  • Diabetic foot infections or ulcers
  • Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) with evidence of critical limb ischemia (non-healing wounds)
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) or a venous disorder
  • Limb-threatening forms of trauma, wounds, lymphedema or vascular conditions
  • Orthopedic conditions such as a fractured bone that won’t heal or a previous fractured bone that healed incorrectly
  • An open wound that won’t heal
  • Soft tissue or bone tumors
  • Nerve pain or loss of sensation caused by an injury or a medical condition, such as diabetes or peripheral artery disease
  • Tissue damage 
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Limb Salvage and Preservation Specialists

What to Expect

Our specialized team is dedicated to saving and maintaining functional limbs. At every step of the limb salvage journey, you can expect compassionate care, personalized attention, and support from our dedicated team. Learn more about what to expect during your journey.

Your journey begins with a thorough evaluation by a team of specialists, including orthopedic surgeons, vascular surgeons, and rehabilitation experts. They will assess the extent of your condition, overall health, and unique needs to develop a personalized treatment plan. This plan may include a combination of surgical interventions, medical therapies, and rehabilitation strategies aimed at preserving your limb and optimizing your function.

Following surgery, rehabilitation will play a crucial role in your recovery. You'll work with physical and occupational therapists to regain strength, mobility, and independence. Rehabilitation may include exercises, functional training, and the use of assistive devices to help you adapt to any changes in function. Dealing with the challenges of the limb salvage process can be emotionally difficult. Our team will offer support services to help you cope with any feelings of anxiety, depression, or grief that may arise.

Limb salvage is a lifelong commitment to maintaining the health and function of your limb. Your healthcare team will work with you to develop a long-term management plan that includes strategies for preventing complications, managing any ongoing issues, and promoting overall well-being.

Why Choose Lee Health for Limb Salvage and Reconstruction?

Our program is designed to maintain your mobility, independence, and quality of life. Rediscover confidence and freedom as you regain control over your daily activities and hobbies. 

Innovation: Benefit from the latest advancements in surgical techniques. Our experts are at the forefront of medical innovation, utilizing the latest techniques and technologies to preserve your limb and restore function.

Personalized care: Our experts have specialized training in diagnosing and treating limb conditions. From diagnosis to recovery, we provide individualized care every step of the way, ensuring you receive the attention and expertise you deserve.

Proven Results: With a track record of success, you can trust us to deliver the results you need to get back on your feet and reclaim your life.

Request an appointment with a Limb Salvage and Preservation Specialist:

Frequently Asked Questions

The survival rate for limb salvage, which refers to the preservation of a limb rather than amputation, can vary significantly depending on factors such as the underlying condition requiring limb salvage, the patient's overall health, the success of the surgical procedure, and the effectiveness of postoperative care.

In general, limb salvage procedures aim to improve both the quality of life and the longevity of individuals affected by conditions such as severe trauma, tumors, infections, or vascular diseases that threaten limb viability. Success rates can be quite high, especially with advances in surgical techniques, prosthetics, and rehabilitation therapies.

Prior to limb salvage procedures, wound care typically involves several key steps to optimize the condition of the affected limb and prepare for the surgical intervention. These steps prior to limb salvage surgery, optimize the condition of the affected limb, minimize surgical risks, and improve the likelihood of successful limb preservation. Wound care may involve:

  • Aggressive infection control
  • Debridement to remove necrotic tissue
  • Assessment and optimization of blood flow
  • Offloading pressure on the wound
  • Preoperative optimization of overall health
  • Patient education about the procedure and postoperative care
  • Multidisciplinary collaboration among healthcare professionals

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