Limb Preservation Center

UMass Memorial Medical Center offers the only Limb Preservation Center in Central Massachusetts. Our team of vascular surgeons, podiatrists, and other wound care specialists treat patients at high risk for foot and leg amputation, particularly those with diabetes and peripheral artery disease (PAD).

Patients throughout the UMass Memorial Health 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.

Wound Care Treatment 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/wound care specialist 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

A formal partnership with the Amputee Coalition focuses on providing peer support to patients and families experiencing limb loss or limb difference. The Amputee Coalition helps enhance the quality of life of amputees and their families, improve patient care and prevent limb loss. In addition to its advocacy work, the coalition provides support, education and resources. One example is their Certified Peer Visitor Program. Patients are connected with certified peer visitors who have recovered from amputation who help make the transition more understandable for patients.

Wound Care 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.