What do I need to know about amputation?

If you have been told by a health care professional that you are at risk for amputation or that you need an amputation due to peripheral artery disease (PAD), you might wonder if there are other options available to you.

Learn More About PAD

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) affects 20 million Americans.1 Knowing the signs and risk factors help with early detection. This may help broaden treatment options which range from non-invasive to invasive.

Make informed decisions and have open conversations with your physician and get a second opinion if amputation is recommended.

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What you should know:

  • Left untreated, PAD can lead to amputation
  • More than 160,000 amputations are performed annually due to PAD3
  • Amputation is often recommended before other treatment options are attempted to save the limb3

Ask your doctor if there is a limb salvage program available. If your doctor or hospital doesn’t have a limb salvage program or doesn’t offer revascularization procedures, you might want to consult a PAD specialist. Not all physicians are PAD specialists. Don’t be afraid to ask for a second opinion.