Limb Preservation Program

Limb Preservation Program

Avoid Amputation

The Catholic Health Limb Preservation Program is composed of a multidisciplinary team of caregivers that specialize in the treatment of nonhealing foot or lower extremity wounds. We also treat patients with circulation disorders and those at risk for amputation.

Our vascular specialists are experts in limb salvage and revascularization. Amputation is a last resort. We can help most people successfully avoid amputation with limb sparing surgery.

Call (716) 821-4444 to talk to a trained specialist today.  

What We Treat

We are a team that provides vascular and wound management services for:

  • Arterial ulcers (open sores that result from poor blood flow to damaged arteries) of the lower extremities, feet, and ankles.
  • Chronic venous ulcers (slow healing sores due to poor circulation) or venous insufficiency (condition where the veins in the leg are working insufficiently causing swelling).
  • Diabetic foot ulcers (open sores, typically on the bottom of the foot, found commonly in diabetic patients).
  • Gangrene (when body tissue dies due to a lack of blood supply).
  • Lymphedema wounds.
  • Non-healing surgical wounds.
  • Pressure ulcers (injury to the skin caused by prolonged periods of pressure on a certain area).
  • Pyoderma gangrenosum (rare condition indicated by large and painful sores on the skin) and other atypical wounds.
  • Resistant bone infection wounds.
  • Refractory osteomyelitis (chronic infection of the bone).
  • Sickle cell ulcers (leg ulcers that occur in patients with sickle cell disease).
  • Sports-related trauma wounds.
  • Traumatic or infected wounds.
  • Critical limb ischemia. 
  • Peripheral arterial disease. 
  • Peripheral venous disease.

Our Program

The Catholic Health Limb Preservation Team treats and manages wounds based on the guidelines established by the Wound Healing Society and the Society for Vascular Surgery. No matter how simple or challenging the wound, our patients receive the most advanced treatments available. Amputation prevention is one of our main goals. Our patients also have access to:

  • An evaluation by a vascular specialist with expertise in vascular disease management including minimally invasive endovascular procedures.
  • Advanced practice providers specially trained in wound management and vascular disease. 
  • A treatment plan designed to first heal and then prevent wounds from recurring.
  • The latest minimally invasive interventions to treat arterial and venous diseases.
  • Expert care from other specialists at Catholic Health, including podiatric services and metabolic services.  
  • Hyperbaric treatment. Our hyperbaric program is accredited by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS). We are the only UHMS accredited site in the Greater Buffalo area.

All of our Vascular specialists participate in the Society of Vascular Surgery's Vascular Quality Initiative Registry.