Limb Preservation Center
UMass Memorial Medical Center offers the only Limb Preservation Center in Central Massachusetts. Our team of vascular surgeons, podiatrists, and other specialists provide care for patients at high risk for foot and leg amputation, particularly those with diabetes and peripheral artery disease (PAD).
Patients throughout the UMass Memorial Health Care system have access to our Limb Preservation Center in Worcester. Our team coordinates care from multiple caregivers, including endocrinology, infectious disease, podiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation and plastic surgery.
Complex Wound Care in Central Massachusetts
Treatment for patients with foot ulceration and PAD, and those at risk for developing these and related conditions is available.
All patients are evaluated by a vascular surgeon with expertise in the healing of complex wounds. An on-site, noninvasive vascular laboratory is available to evaluate both arterial and venous circulation.
Because foot ulcers are the most common pathway leading to amputation, the team works collaboratively to heal these ulcers, prevent recurrence, and return patients to a state of independent walking.
Diagnosis and treatment include the following:
- Diagnostic imaging (e.g., CT, MRI, ultrasound, angiogram)
- Minimally invasive endovascular therapy (e.g., angioplasty, stenting, atherectomy)
- Surgical procedures (arterial bypasses and revascularizations)
- Research trials
Treatment Options Focus on Your Needs
We offer the most advanced treatment therapies, including open surgery, endovascular intervention and stem cell therapy to restore blood flow and promote wound healing.
What You Can Do to Prevent an Ulcer Today
Understanding your risks and taking action can prevent problems from occurring. These include:
- Know your risks (e.g., poor circulation, uncontrolled blood sugar, neuropathy)
- Stop smoking
- Reduce alcohol consumption, high cholesterol and high blood glucose.
- Wear appropriate shoes and socks
- See a podiatrist
- Inspect your feet for cuts, bruises, redness, etc.
One of Healthgrades America's 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care eight years in a row.
Recipient of the Healthgrades Cardiac Care Excellence Award
for ten years in a row.
Recipient of Healthgrades Coronary Intervention Excellence Award for 11 years in a row.
First-time recipient of the Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award.
One of Healthgrades 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery
five years in a row.