Despite an explosion in the number of options available for helping diabetic patients heal wounds, major amputation remains a critical issue for these persons. Since diabetes prematurely ages tissues and no organ system is immune to its presence, it makes inherent sense that multi-disciplinary team approaches to these patients is necessary to make significant strides forward. Here, we present literature from the fields of podiatric surgery/medicine, vascular and plastic surgery and introduce the successes that a multi-disciplinary limb salvage center can have on the lives and limbs of patients with diabetes.
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Funding for this work was supported in part by DOD Award: CDMRP/OPORP; OP140015.
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Nichol L. Salvo declares no potential conflicts of interest.
Mark D. Walsh reports personal fees from Chemence Medical.
Luke P. Brewster reports a patent pending for therapeutic hydrogel for cell therapy (prov 15,101).
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Salvo, N.L., Walsh, M.D. & Brewster, L.P. Promoting Limb Salvage through Multi-Disciplinary Care of the Diabetic Patient. Curr Treat Options Cardio Med 19, 55 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11936-017-0547-1
- Peripheral arterial disease
- Critical limb ischemia
- Diabetic foot ulcer
- Charcot neuropathy