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Limb preservation

Limb preservation is the specialized management of complex extremity problems. You may need this type of care if you need an amputation or are experiencing a condition that places you at high risk of losing an extremity.

Limb salvage programs in Denver

When you come to us for limb care, we help you keep as much functionality as you can.

Throughout the Denver area, our HealthONE limb salvage teams offer a multidisciplinary approach and offer access to the latest medical advances. We tailor your care to reach optimum results and to help you maintain your limb use as fully as possible.

Expert advice, available 24/7

Free health-related information is just a phone call away. Our nurses help you understand your symptoms, treatment options and procedures. They will also help you find a provider or specialist and schedule an appointment.

Free health-related information is just a phone call away. Our nurses help you understand your symptoms, treatment options and procedures. They will also help you find a provider or specialist and schedule an appointment.

Conditions that may lead to limb loss

Conditions and circumstances leading to limb loss are complex, so we are prepared for many situations, including:

  • Steroid long-term use
  • Slow- and nonhealing wounds
  • Traumatic injuries and conditions

Our limb salvage surgeries and services

Our hospitals offer innovative ways to treat severe limb conditions and help save limb function.

Features of our limb preservation programs

Throughout our network, our specialists work together to provide your care at every stage of your limb care journey. Our specialists pioneered limb care at our hospital, Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center. The program was the first to offer limb care from multiple medical specialties in a single location.

Multidisciplinary limb care teams

Our expert limb specialists come from a range of backgrounds including, orthopedic surgery, vascular surgery, oncology care, infectious disease management, plastic surgery, pediatric limb care, rehabilitative services and pain management who collaborate to manage complex extremity conditions. Our care programs offer benefits such as:

  • Advanced treatments with proven successes based on clinical research
  • Full-time referral coordinators to assist with referrals, appointments, transportation and lodging
  • Limb preservation programs tailored for adults and children
  • Patient navigators as central points of contact for patients with limb-threatening diagnoses

To reach one of our patient navigators, call and speak with a staff member at (800) 262-5462.

Patient navigators

Understanding and navigating complex care plans may feel overwhelming, but our patient navigators are here to help every step of the way. Our navigators are members of your care team and serve as your advocate and educator. They provide support as you manage your condition.

Our patient navigators help by:

  • Serving as a reliable and trusted source with answers to various questions
  • Facilitating communication between all members of the healthcare team
  • Helping you understand the preplanning necessary before undergoing surgery, such as arranging for home care, pet care and preparing your home post-surgery
  • Visiting you during your hospital stay
  • Being available to communicate with you following surgery
  • Providing a connection to the Limb Preservation Foundation

Our limb care services

Our limb preservation teams' collective experience and specialized knowledge allow us to treat a wide range of limb conditions, diseases and injuries. As part of that treatment, we offer several advanced programs that oversee medical management and support you throughout the duration of your care.

Our advanced programs include:

Amputation program

Should amputation become the treatment for your persistent limb problem, we are with you through the entire treatment process. Our team guides you through preparation, your specific procedure, recovery, rehabilitation, prosthetic fitting and any wellness concerns. We cover options such as, support groups for those considering amputation, amputation types and your options for prosthetic devices.

  • Osseointegration technology — This procedure inserts a metal fixation device into your thighbone that attaches to your new prosthesis. The result gives you better prosthesis control and improves your quality of life.
  • Targeted muscle reinnervation (TMR) — The technique reconnects the nerves that led to the amputated limb to nearby muscle nerves. As a result, TMR reduces lingering limb pain and phantom limb pain, both common experiences after amputation.
Avascular necrosis program

With this program, our orthopedic and plastic surgeons treat osteonecrosis-affected limbs with a variety of surgical options including allograft transplants, joint replacement and stem cell grafting.

Bone-healing program

This program manages bone conditions beyond osteonecrosis that may lead to limb loss with treatments such as bone abnormality correction, fixation options and custom titanium cage implantation.

Extremity replantation program

With this program, our specialists use multidisciplinary surgical options — plastic surgery, orthopedics, vascular surgery — to reattach severed limbs.

Mangled extremity program

This program is for patients who are medically stable following significant trauma resulting in a complex extremity injury.

Pelvic stabilization program

Pelvic stabilization, also known as percutaneous pelvic stabilization, is an advanced surgical solution for those who have pelvic deterioration due to bone cancer treatments.

Sarcoma (bone and soft tissue tumors) program

This program, combining expertise in oncology, surgery and orthopedics to treat bone and soft tissue tumors that threaten limb loss.

Pediatric limb preservation

Our pediatric limb salvage specialists handle the full spectrum of conditions that pose a risk for limb loss. We execute multidisciplinary care for your child's condition while keeping in mind their growing bodies.

One of the advanced services we provide is hip preservation surgery. We use this to treat young people who have hip dysplasia, without having to do a total joint replacement.

If you have questions concerning your child's limb care needs, speak with one of our staff members at (877) 752-2737.

Limb salvage resources

Upon discharge from the hospital, you'll meet with your care team to discuss monitoring your health at home. Your team will review available resources with you, including the Limb Preservation Foundation, the Amputee Coalition and Friends of Man, to aid in your recovery and help you return to your daily routine.

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