You may have options beyond amputation
Amputation is among the most severe ways peripheral artery disease (PAD) can affect the quality of your life. And having an amputation is linked to putting your life at risk.25 Yet amputation is a common treatment for the most advanced stage of PAD.9 It is often recommended before additional tests are performed that could indicate you are a candidate for alternative treatments.16 Medical treatments to help restore blood flow to your legs can help save legs and feet and have been shown to offer advantages when compared to amputation.17
If you think you or a loved one might have advanced PAD, usually called CLI (critical limb ischemia), and you’re concerned about amputation, talk to your health care provider. Ask if he or she is a limb salvage specialist and is familiar with treatment options for advanced PAD and CLI, other than amputation.20 When PAD is detected early, some treatment options could include long-lasting lifestyle changes,34 prescription medications8 or minimally invasive medical procedures.20 If your doctor is not aware of all the different possibilities, you might want to talk to a PAD specialist.33 Not all health care professionals are PAD specialists. Get a second opinion if a doctor has told you that you need an amputation. Download and complete our checklist and click here to find a PAD specialist in your area.
Steve can handle pain – just not like this
He’s been living with diabetes for years, and he knows his kidneys aren’t in great shape. But lately his biggest concern is the pain in his leg. It’s almost too much to take. Steve won’t be able to tough it out this time – he’s suffering from peripheral artery disease (PAD). His discomfort is the result of narrowed and hardened arteries, limiting blood flow to his legs and feet and causing intense pain. If left untreated, things can get rapidly worse. People with diabetes who have PAD may be at a higher risk for an amputation when combined with other serious symptoms, and they’re lives might also be at greater risk.12 Time is not on Steve’s side, but he’s no stranger to a challenge. He has decided to talk to his doctor about his treatment options and get appropriate treatment through his health care provider. Does this sound familiar? If you have diabetes and you’re experiencing leg pain, don’t wait. Learn more about other symptoms of PAD and share your concerns with a health care professional. Steve is not an actual patient. His story is intended to represent part of the population with PAD. Symptoms, treatment options and outcomes may vary.
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Only a health care professional can diagnose you with PAD. Our Symptom Quiz can help guide the conversation about your treatment options.
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Click below to take the interactive Symptom Quiz. You can print your answers out and take them with you to a doctor to help guide your conversation about PAD.