Saving Legs, Saving Lives
Amputation. It’s a scary word. Not one you ever want to hear from a doctor when discussing your medical condition (or that of a loved one).
More than half of the estimated 1.6 million Americans who have experienced an amputation lost their limbs due to vascular conditions including PAD and diabetes. For this reason, Dr. Russell Lam of Lam Vascular & Associates created The Limb Salvage Center.
If you or someone you love were one of the 185,000 Americans facing limb loss each year, you would be interested in hearing about something as bold and revolutionary as a Limb Salvage Center. You’d want to know more. You’d want to schedule an appointment with an expert there. And if you’d been told amputation was the only solution, it might even feel like it was your only hope.
At The Limb Salvage Center at Lam Vascular & Associates,
we want you to know…amputation isn’t the only way.
This unique and state-of-the-art center is designed to help you fully understand your options, and with guidance from Dr. Lam and the Lam Vascular & Associates team of specialists, choose the right treatment plan or procedure for you.
Many vascular centers specialize in a specific subset of procedures. At The Limb Salvage Center at Lam Vascular & Associates, the goal is to provide you a range of treatment options and partner with you to help you decide which treatment or therapy is ideal for your specific situation.
Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is a common circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries reduce vital blood flow to your limbs. It often presents as severe leg pain, slow-healing wounds and cold lower limbs. Left untreated, PAD can lead to amputation.
Fast Facts from The Amputee Coalition:
Diabetes is one of the most common risk factors for PAD, especially in patients over 50 years old. The American Diabetes Association estimates that about one out of every three people aged 50+ with diabetes also has PAD.
Why is this important to know? PAD affects the vascular system, preventing healthy blood flow from reaching the feet, which is necessary for your wounds to be able to heal. Because of this, 60% of non-traumatic, lower-limb amputations for people over 20 are in those with diabetes.
Amputation may NOT be the only way!
Award-winning vascular surgeon Dr. Lam and the surgical team at The Limb Salvage Center at Lam Vascular & Associates are credited with preventing thousands of leg amputations. Many of these interventions have been the result of patients seeking a second opinion after being told their conditions are inoperable or not treatable with medical therapies.*
We are taking PAD care to the next level with our onsite, dedicated state-of-the-art Limb Salvage Center. Here, we perform many minimally invasive procedures. For patients battling challenging conditions like PAD, one convenient location for all their ongoing care is a real game-changer.
PAD procedures that were previously performed in a hospital can now be performed in an outpatient setting, including Angioplasty and Stenting and Laser Atherectomy.
*As with any medical procedure, there could be side effects, risks and/or complications, so it is important to discuss all of these with your physician.
To better serve our patients who deal with PAD, as well as the many referring physicians we work with, we have developed something called the PAD Resource Portal. It is an amazing resource!
This comprehensive, deep-dive into the topic of peripheral artery disease will tell you everything you need to know and includes helpful videos, downloads and links to other resources.
Portal topics include:
*Individual results may vary from case to case, based on risk factors, age and more. Consult your physician to fully discuss your unique case.
At The Limb Salvage Center at Lam Vascular & Associates, we look for options outside of amputation.
“We take a team approach to carefully diagnose the problem and create a customized plan, often including minimally invasive surgery using laser technology, to resolve the issue and prevent amputation.”
Russell Lam, MD, has performed over 10,000 complex peripheral interventions. He has been recognized on the peer-nominated Super Doctors and Castle Connolly lists since 2015 and named a Best Doctor in Dallas multiple times by D Magazine.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of PAD or have been told amputation is your only option, don’t wait around for it to get worse. And don’t settle for amputation without getting a second opinion from a trusted expert in amputation prevention. See the award-winning vascular surgeon that doctors and patients trust, Dr. Russell Lam of Lam Vascular & Associates.