Amputation Center

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.

Warning Signs

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.


We would like everyone to know how great Dr. Brian Sellers is. My husband had a heart ablation done 3 weeks ago, he started hurting in his leg so he went to his primary care physician. They did an ultrasound and found the blood clot, then told us we needed a vascular surgery quickly. I contacted Dr. Sellers and he told us to go to the ER so he could meet us there to do emergency surgery. Now at this time it was late at night, Dr. Sellers worked all day and still came to our rescue. Dr. Sellers did emergency surgery to remove the blood clot. This saved my husband’s leg. We are so thankful to Dr. Sellers for his dedication as a Doctor to patients in need. He has a great care for his patients, easy to talk to, very smart and knows his stuff when it comes to his job. We are so thankful for Dr. Sellers and if you need a vascular surgeon, please consider Dr. Brian Sellers.

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Schedule a Consultation

To learn more about PAD and diabetes, please schedule an appointment with Southern Specialty Physicians Vascular Surgery by calling 334-246-4774 We serve Montgomery, AL and surrounding areas.

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