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Amputation Prevention

Each year, there are 1.1 to 1.8 million new cases and approximately 8 million Americans suffering from chronic wounds. If you or someone you care about is suffering from chronic, slow-healing wounds, let us help you.

While these numbers show the tremendous need for wound care, there is hope. Studies have shown that wound care treatment facilities have reduced amputation rates and shortened hospital stays.

According to the National Institutes of Health, nearly one in three people with diabetes ages 40 and older have at least one area on their feet that lacks feeling. Those at greater risk for nerve damage include diabetics who have difficulty controlling their blood sugar, high cholesterol, weight or blood pressure.

Diabetic foot ulcers are often associated with poor outcomes, including infections and higher amputation rates. Unfortunately, the incidence of amputation continues to rise. If you or someone you love struggles with foot ulcers, it is essential to receive appropriate care earlyto prevent amputation.

The American Diabetes Associations (ADA) 1999 Consensus Development Conference on Diabetic Foot Wound Care states that treatment modalities must include the following six approaches: off-loading, debridement, dressing selection, management of infection, vascular reconstruction, and, if needed, amputation.

How diabetes affects you

Statistically, one in 20 diabetics will develop a wound on the legs or feet each year. The risk of amputations can be reduced up to 85 percent through foot care programs that include risk assessment, education, treatment of foot problems and referrals to specialists.

Our Wound care center offers the state-of-the-art equipment and leading edge therapies proven to reduce the risk of amputation. Glendale Memorial Wound Care Center offers negative pressure wound therapy, bio-engineered skin substitutes, biological and biosynthetic dressings and growth factor therapies.

To learn more about how to prevent amputation for yourself or a loved one, please contact us at (818) 502-2233.