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St. John Providence Critical Limb Clinic

When life and limb are on the line, we are there to save both

The St. John Providence Critical Limb Clinic is designed to evaluate and treat patients with Critical Limb Ischemia. Ischemia is an insufficient blood supply to a part of the body due to blockage. When an insufficient blood supply takes place in the lower extremities, it can lead to Critical Limb Ischemia or CLI.

CLI is a serious condition that is often accompanied by pain in the calves or thighs. It must be treated quickly in order to re-establish the blood supply. If left untreated, CLI can lead to tissue death and limb loss. At the St. John Providence Critical Limb Clinic we regularly save limbs that would otherwise have been lost due to this serious disease.

Who is at Risk?

CLI can be found in patients with coronary artery disease and those with cardiovascular disease risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, and high cholesterol. The prevalence of CLI increases with age. It should also be noted that up to 50% of patients report no symptoms despite the presence of severe blockages in one or both of their limbs.

Due to the high risk for limb loss, it is important that CLI patients receive care from experienced physicians that offer the most advanced and effective treatments.

St. John Providence Critical Limb Clinic

Our physicians are board certified with advanced training in the treatment of patients with CLI and severe complex Peripheral Arterial Disease. We are leaders in treating CLI using advanced technology and devices to remove plaque and open arteries that others have thought to be “non-accessible”. We work to re-establish micro-vascular blood supply in areas of the legs that are often thought to be un-treatable. This expertise is the reason why our clinic is relied upon for second opinions. In addition we are also involved in research trials regarding the latest advances in CLI devices and procedures.

Treatments

A wide variety of minimally invasive treatment options are available at the Critical Limb Clinic and include the traditional approaches of angioplasty, stenting, and atherectomy; along with proven new and innovative techniques such as Ocelot lumivascular technology and Ultrasound guided retrograde tibial-pedal access and wire manipulation.

Contact the St. John Providence Critical Limb Clinic at 866-501-DOCS (3627)

The most common symptoms of critical limb ischemia include:

  • Pain in the legs and feet when at rest and not moving (also called "ischemic rest pain")
  • Sores or infections on the legs and feet that won't heal
  • Faint or absent pulse in the leg or foot below the blockage

If you are a patient and have been told that you may require an amputation; or if you are experiencing the symptoms listed above please call 866-501-DOCS (3627) to schedule an appointment.

A patient’s journey

This documentary focuses on one of our patients and his journey from pain and potential loss of limb back to health. Watch the video.


 

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If you are a patient and have been told that you may require an amputation; or if you are experiencing the symptoms listed above please call 866-501-DOCS (3627) to schedule an appointment.

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