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.

Find a doctor – If you’re looking for a second opinion, we recommend that you talk to a PAD specialist. Click the button to find a PAD specialist near you.

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
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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.

Talk to Your Doctor

Only a health care professional can diagnose you with PAD. Our Symptom Quiz can help guide the conversation about your treatment options.

Take the Symptom Quiz

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.

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