Left untreated, PAD can lead to amputation
Learn your options beyond amputation
Losing a leg, toe or foot can have a large impact on your quality of life. Your ability to work might be affected, and you might not be able to pursue leisure activities you enjoy. Yet amputation is a common outcome for advanced stages of peripheral artery disease (PAD). People with diabetes and PAD are especially prone to this happening, having a 10 times greater risk of amputation.12 Many people with PAD could benefit from other treatments, but they – and sometimes their doctors – aren’t aware of all of their options. The level of care for PAD can vary greatly from physician to physician.
If you’ve been told by a doctor that you might need an amputation, it’s important that you get a second opinion from a health care provider with a focus on saving limbs. You can use our Find A Doctor tool to locate a PAD specialist near you.
Talk to your doctor about avoiding amputation
You should consult a health care professional about your treatment options because of how life threatening amputation can be. Several health factors can contribute to your life being at risk after amputation, including advanced age, heart failure, kidney disease and cancer.25 However, if you can avoid major amputation, you just might live longer. Medical efforts to save legs and feet have been shown to have advantages when compared to amputation.17
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.