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Limb Preservation for Non-Healing Wounds​

At UPMC Wound Healing Services, we specialize in limb preservation treatments for nonhealing wounds. For complicated cases, patients may be referred to our center at UPMC Mercy. 

UPMC Wound Healing Services at UPMC Mercy integrates a highly effective, integrated, team-based approach that utilizes state-of-the-art technology and equipment in an effort to help prevent leg or foot amputations and preserve independence and quality of life. 

Patients with diabetes are at greater risk for developing wounds that may lead to amputation. The below symptoms, combined with diabetes, put patients at greater risk for developing a wound that could lead to amputation:

  • Impaired blood circulation
  • Loss of nerve function
  • A weakened immune system
  • Foot ulcers
  • Infections
However, the World Health Organization estimates that up to 85 percent of amputations are preventable.​ ​Early treatment and intervention is often the key to successful amputation prevention. 
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