Study: Revascularization substantially reduces amputations

06/10/2013 |

A new study spanning 20 years and 773 patients found that revascularization, either through open surgical or minimally invasive endovascular procedures, reduced the need for limb amputations by 40%. "This is an important study because frequently patients who have peripheral arterial disease -- and there are about 12 million Americans who have some leg pain that can be connected to it -- may progress to amputation," said Dr. Peter Gloviczki, a vascular surgeon at the Mayo Clinic and president of the Society for Vascular Surgery.

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