Limb Salvage Specialists

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Precision Vascular

Vascular & Vein Centers located in Arlington, Dallas, Mesquite, & McKinney, Texas

If you have diabetes, peripheral artery disease (PAD), or other conditions that affect your circulation, there’s a risk of developing an infection that could cost you your foot or leg. Making regular visits to the experts at Precision Vascular is the best way to prevent complications, and the experts also provide advanced treatments for limb salvage, including angioplasty, stenting, and atherectomy. Precision Vascular has branches in Arlington, Dallas, Mesquite, and McKinney, Texas, so if you love your legs, call the practice nearest you today or book an appointment online.

Limb Salvage Q & A

What is Limb Salvage?

Limb salvage aims to preserve legs and feet and prevent severe infections that could lead to amputation.

Patients who have peripheral artery disease (PAD), diabetes, and other conditions that lead to neuropathy (nerve damage) or reduced circulation in the legs and feet are vulnerable to developing wounds and ulcers. These wounds can often be slow to heal, or won’t heal at all, despite intensive treatment.

In some cases, wounds and ulcers can get infected, which can lead to gangrene. If you have gangrene it means your tissue is dying, and you might need to undergo amputation to prevent the gangrene from spreading.

Limb salvage treatment involves treating recurring circulation issues before serious complications arise, to reduce the need for amputation. There are three key approaches to limb salvage: angioplasty, stenting, and atherectomy.

How Does Angioplasty and Stenting Help with Limb Salvage?

Angioplasty is a minimally invasive technique used at Precision Vascular to open the peripheral arteries or blood vessels in your legs that are narrowed or blocked.

Your provider uses a balloon made of medical grade material that they inflate inside the vein to expand the space and improve the flow of blood.

Angioplasty often involves using a stent as well, a little tube made of mesh that your provider fits into place in the artery to hold it open.

How Does Atherectomy Help with Limb Salvage?

Atherectomy is a minimally invasive procedure that your provider at Precision Vascular carries out to clear the plaque that’s causing a blockage in your arteries. Atherectomy usually takes place at the same time as angioplasty. There are three types of atherectomy:

  • Orbital Atherectomy: Orbital atherectomy involves the use of a small burr that’s like fine sandpaper, which rubs down the plaque from the inside of your arteries
  • Rotational Atherectomy: Rotational atherectomy uses a catheter, a small tube, that is equipped with a spinning blade to cut the plaque from the artery walls and suck it away.
  • Laser Atherectomy: Laser atherectomy also uses a small catheter, but this time it sends out a high-energy light beam that destroys the blockage inside your arteries.


Atherectomy enables removal of the plaque inside your arteries without the need for complex open surgery. Physical removal of the plaque buildup gives you the best chance of long-lasting results.

Undergoing these simple procedures to improve your circulation can make a significant difference in your likelihood of facing amputation in the future. Call Precision Vascular today to find out more, or book an appointment online.