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 amputationTo surgically remove all or part of a limb (leg, foot or toe) is a common outcome for advanced stages of peripheral artery diseasePeripheral artery disease (PAD) is a disease in which plaque builds up in the arteries that carry blood to your head, organs, and limbs. Plaque is made up of fat, cholesterol, calcium, fibrous tissue, and other substances in the blood. (PADPeripheral Artery Disease, a potentially life threatening disease where plaque, like calcium, builds up along blood vessel walls, narrowing the arteries and reducing blood flow to the legs and feet.). People with diabetes(Diabetes mellitus) is a group of metabolic diseases characterized by hyperglycemia resulting from defects in insulin secretion, insulin action, or both. and PAD are especially prone to this happening, having a 5 to 10 times greater risk of amputation.12,45
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 diseaseA disease that impairs the kidneys’ ability to filter waste products and extra water from the blood. 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
It’s important to do everything you can to save your legs. Talk with a health care professional about your treatment options. Use our Find a Doctor tool to locate a PAD specialist near you.
THE AMPUTATION RATE among patients with critical limb ischemiaAlso potentially known as CLI, the most severe and deadly form of peripheral artery disease. (CLI), the worst form of PAD, IS ESTIMATED TO BE ~25%.5
So don’t wait. Discuss your symptoms with your doctor now.
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.