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Amputation Prevention

Losing a limb can take a toll on your quality of life and overall well-being. At Sam Houston Heart and Vascular in Houston and Spring, Texas, heart and vein specialist Bashir Al Kaddoumi, MD, FACC, FSCAI, focuses on amputation prevention in all patients – especially those with diabetes. If you experience heart or blood vessel disorders, visit Sam Houston Heart and Vascular. Call either office today or book an appointment online.


What is Amputation Prevention?

Amputation prevention includes preventive treatments that reduce your risk of requiring limb amputation (removal of an arm or leg). Vascular diseases account for over half of all amputations performed in the United States. Early detection and treatment of heart and blood vessel problems are the main focus of limb preservation.

What are the risk factors of losing a limb?

Some of the main risk factors associated with limb amputation include:

  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Other diabetes-related wounds
  • Acute and chronic infections
  • Advanced peripheral artery disease (PAD)
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Critical limb ischemia
  • Untreated diabetes
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Lymphedema
  • Kidney failure
  • Venous disorders

If you’re at risk of losing a limb, you can trust Sam Houston Heart and Vascular. Dr. Al Kaddoumi uses advanced technology and procedures to treat limb-threatening conditions. He provides second opinions if another physician recommends amputation.

How can I reduce my risk of limb-threatening problems?

One of the best ways to lower your risk of developing limb-threatening problems is to properly manage diabetes and adopt healthy lifestyle habits. Check your blood sugar often, eat a well-balanced diet, get regular exercise, and maintain a healthy weight. See your doctor regularly to detect medical issues early before serious or limb-threatening complications occur.


What happens during amputation prevention appointments?

During appointments at Sam Houston Heart and Vascular, Dr. Al Kaddoumi reviews your symptoms and medical history. He completes a physical examination and may suggest you undergo blood tests, heart function tests, ultrasound, noninvasive blood flow testing, or other diagnostic procedures.

What are common amputation prevention strategies?

Dr. Al Kaddoumi personalizes amputation prevention treatments to provide the best chance of saving your limbs. Examples include:

  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • Minimally invasive vascular procedures
  • Complex surgical intervention
  • Cell and gene therapies
  • Endovascular treatments
  • Medications
  • Wound debridement
  • Diabetes management

Sam Houston Heart and Vascular offers ongoing care and referrals for rehabilitation services to promote wellness, healing, and a lower risk of recurrent vascular problems. 

Don’t settle for losing a limb when numerous amputation prevention opportunities are within reach at Sam Houston Heart and Vascular. Call the office nearest you for an appointment today or use the online booking feature.

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