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Limb Preservation

Vascular and Vein Institute of the South

Vascular Surgery located in Germantown, TN & Memphis, TN

If you have a vascular disorder, such as peripheral artery disease (PAD), limb preservation is our top priority with multiple locations in Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas. Our experienced team of vascular surgeons offer advanced treatments that can save your legs by avoiding amputation. Schedule an appointment by phone or online to learn more about limb preservation options.

Limb Preservation

What is limb preservation?

Limb preservation can save your limbs if you have a vascular disorder. Vascular diseases, including PAD, are common causes of limb amputations. To avoid losing a limb, get a second opinion for amputation with one of our vascular surgeons, who will work with you to save your legs.

What are the benefits of limb preservation?

If you have PAD or another vascular disease, limb preservation not only helps you keep your limbs, in some instances, it may even prolong or save your life. Avoiding amputation maximizes your quality of life by making it easier to stay active and reduce your risk of chronic diseases and depression.

Is limb preservation right for me?

To find out if you’re a good candidate for limb preservation, one of our specialists will review your symptoms, asks questions about your medical history, and complete a physical exam. 

They might recommend angiography, blood tests, lower leg blood pressure measurements (ankle/brachial index), other blood pressure tests, or vascular ultrasound to diagnose the severity of vascular disease and develop a treatment plan.

What are my limb preservation treatment options?

  • Laser Atherectomy
    Laser atherectomy uses high-energy light beams to dissolve plaque in your arteries without damaging surrounding tissues.
  • Angioplasty with stenting
    Angioplasty with stenting is a procedure in which your surgeon places a hollow tube through blood vessels and opens blocked arteries using a tiny balloon-like device. A stent, or mesh framework, may be inserted into the artery to keep it open.
  • Bypass Surgery
    During bypass surgery, your vascular surgeon creates a bypass graft using blood vessels from other parts of your body. Doing so allows blood to flow around narrowed or blocked arteries.
  • Thrombolytic Therapy
    Your vascular specialist might inject clot-dissolving medications into arteries to break up blood clots and restore normal blood flow.
  • Medications
    Taking certain medications can reduce high cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, blood clots, and poor blood flow.
  • Lifestyle Changes
    Lifestyle changes that can save your limbs and prolong your life include getting regular exercise, not smoking, eating healthy foods, and maintaining ideal body weight.


Get a second opinion for amputation by scheduling a limb preservation consultation. Book an appointment online or call 1-833-LEG-DOCS today.