Limb Preservation at OU Medicine

Location of Care

What is the Limb Preservation Clinic

Many Oklahomans are affected by conditions that can affect the circulation or blood flow to the legs. Circulatory impairment is commonly known as peripheral vascular disease or peripheral artery disease (PAD). This condition can lead to pain, difficulty walking, or amputation. Unfortunately, many patients with PAD are not aware that they have it, and do not receive the optimal treatments for it.

The OU Cardiovascular Limb Preservation Clinic was created to identify and treat patients with circulation problems in the legs. In so doing, its goals are to prevent amputation, improve patients’ cardiovascular health, and promote awareness of this disease that affects so many Oklahomans.

Nature

What is treated in the Limb Preservation Clinic?

  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Poorly healing leg wounds
  • Patients with leg pain, fatigue, or weakness
  • Patients with prior amputation
  • Patients at risk for peripheral vascular disease such as diabetics or those who smoke
  • Patients wishing to be evaluated for peripheral vascular disease

What kinds of treatments are used to treat PAD?

  • Medications
  • Walking/exercise programs
  • Smoking/nicotine cessation programs
  • Procedures to improve blood flow to the legs

What can you expect from the Limb Preservation Clinic?

  • Team-based decision-making and treatment recommendations
  • Expedited diagnostic evaluations including vascular ultrasound and other imaging
  • Coordinated care with other specialties
  • State-of-the-art revascularization procedures when needed
  • Periodic follow-up visits
  • Communication and updates on patient progress with referring providers

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The Limb Preservation Team