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Limb Salvage Center

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The Temple Limb Salvage Center multidisciplinary team meets regularly to discuss each patient's individualized treatment plan.

The Temple Limb Salvage Center is the first program of its type in the region dedicated entirely to preventing amputation in patients with vascular disease. Drawing on the skills and knowledge of specialists across Temple allows us to offer a range of diagnosis and treatment options for each patient — all in one place.

Our interdisciplinary team provides aggressive yet carefully targeted interventions that spare tissue, repair damage, and help maintain and restore function in limbs that would otherwise have to be amputated.

Treating Complex Conditions

Vascular disease and associated nerve damage can lead to non-healing wounds, infections, ischemia (where tissue is starved of oxygen) and tissue death. Such conditions, both complex and urgent, require coordinated action by a team with a wide-range of experience. At Temple, that team includes vascular surgeons, interventional cardiologists, podiatrists, and many others.

Advanced Capabilities

The Center’s top-tier diagnostic capabilities include advanced imaging and one of the largest IAC-accredited* vascular laboratories in the Delaware Valley, at Temple University Hospital. Our team performs minimally invasive and conventional vascular surgeries, grafting with bio-engineered skin, intensive treatment of infections, and a wide range of other therapies. We stay involved after treatment to help patients and their providers through the recovery process and to prevent recurrence.

Patients deserve care that helps them retain as much function and bodily integrity as possible. Patients being considered for amputation, or who have wound healing issues or tissue damage that could threaten a limb, should seek immediate evaluation at the Temple Limb Salvage Center.

Multidisciplinary Team

At the Limb Salvage Center, patients can receive all of their testing and care in one location. Our team of specialists includes:

  • Vascular surgeons
  • Interventional cardiologists
  • Podiatrists
  • Cardiologists
  • Diabetologists (physicians who specialize in diabetes)
  • Plastic surgeons
  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists
  • Nephrologists
  • Interventional radiologists
  • Infectious disease specialists
  • Neurologists

*IAC accreditation demonstrates a facility’s commitment to quality, accountable diagnostic care. To learn more, go to http://intersocietal.org/vascular/main/patients.htm.

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Temple patient Kim walking with her grandson

Kim's Story

Kim may have lost both of her lower legs to amputation if not for the Temple Heart & Vascular Institute. Her doctors performed a series of procedures that spared Kim from losing her limbs.

Read Her Story