Vascular surgeon’s procedure may prevent amputations – The Oklahoman

Dr. Jim Melton


The incidence of lower limb amputations due to vascular disease in the United States has increased by approximately 20% during the last decade.

There are nearly 2 million people living with limb loss in the United States. Among those living with limb loss, the main causes are vascular disease (54%) — including diabetes and peripheral arterial disease — trauma (45%) and cancer (less than 2%). Approximately 185,000 amputations occur in the United States each year.

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