Diabetes and amputation
Approximately 185,000 amputations are performed in the United States every year. Nearly half of all patients who undergo amputation will die within 5 years. This
is higher than the mortality rate for breast cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer. Up to 55% of diabetic patients who undergo amputation will need amputation of the second leg in 2-3 years.
In countries like the United States, treatment of diabetic foot complications adds approximately $11 billion to the cost of our healthcare system annually. It is estimated by the World Health Organization that up to 80% of all diabetic foot amputations are preventable Peripheral arterial disease or narrowing of the vessels that supply blood to the legs affects more than 200 million people worldwide.
Symptoms can include cramping and fatigue in the muscles of the legs while walking, rest pain, and ulcer formation. Read more about peripheral arterial disease (PAD) here.
Risk factors for lower extremity amputation
Diabetes and peripheral arterial disease are major risk factors for the development of lower extremity ulceration and ultimate amputation. There are over 170 million people who suffer from diabetes globally. This number is expected to double by the year 2030. Development of a foot ulcer is the initial event that occurs in up to 85% of diabetics who undergo amputation.
Early detection to prevent amputation
Early detection and management of peripheral arterial disease is key to improving outcomes. Southern Specialty Physicians is focused on lowering the amputation rate in the state of Alabama. Our synergistic alignment of early detection, comprehensive medical management, endovascular services, and open surgical interventions allows us to enhance patient outcomes and effect credible reductions in local amputation rates.