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Limb preservation procedures are reserved for severe peripheral arterial disease, otherwise known as chronic limb threatening ischemia (CLTI).

Patients with CLTI may have severe foot pain even at rest, and ulcers or sores on the legs and feet. In severe cases, tissue can die causing gangrene


What happens if critical limb threatening ischemia goes untreated?

If CLTI is not treated in a timely fashion, symptoms may progress to a point where an amputation above or below the knee may be necessary.


How is critical limb threatening ischemia treated and what is the goal of treatment?

Treatment options generally involve open surgeries such as lower extremity bypasses or minimally invasive interventions using imaging equipment for guidance. At VSNC we are experts in providing minimally invasive treatments which minimize risk of complications and avoid hospital stays or lengthy recoveries. Our procedures which open-up blockages in lower extremity blood vessels are performed in our comfortable office setting and are generally done through a pinhole in the skin. The goal of our procedures are to help you reduce pain, heal your wounds and prevent amputations. 


Is revascularization alone enough to prevent an amputation?

CLTI is a serious and complex disease that requires a team approach. At Vascular Solutions of North Carolina we work closely with your primary care physician and other specialists including podiatrists and wound care experts to provide comprehensive care. Revascularization, while critically important to CLTI treatment, is only one aspect of the treatment required to successfully prevent an amputation.