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Program for Limb Preservation & Wound Care

Program for Limb Preservation Limb Preservation & Wound Care

Sharing core values with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and through an academic partnership with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, the Program for Limb Preservation and Wound Care individualizes treatment plans to heal wounds, preserve limbs and lower the rate of amputations by utilizing:

  • Advanced minimally invasive techniques to improve arterial circulation and to surgically reconstruct wounds performed by nationally recognized, board certified surgeons from multiple specialties
  • Advanced wound care technology including highly developed biological dressings that expedite healing
  • State-of-the-art diagnostic tools to detect arterial disease, determine the oxygen levels in tissue and classify the severity of the disease

Risk Factors

Wounds that may be difficult to heal are highly prevalent in patients with:

  • Arterial disease
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Osteomyelitis (inflammation of the bone due to infection)
  • Radiation treatments
  • Trauma
  • Vasculitis (inflammation of the blood vessels)
  • Venous disease

Multidisciplinary Team

The optimal management of wounds demands a multidisciplinary team approach to ensure that all the contributory causes are identified and treated. A multidisciplinary team of physicians, surgeons and advanced practice nurses that specialize in orthopaedic surgery, endocrinology and rehabilitation medicine work together to preserve health, heal wounds, prevent amputation and enhance the quality of life in patients with peripheral arterial disease and difficult to heal wounds.

The Program for Limb Preservation & Wound Care is led by co-directors Heron E. Rodriguez, MD. and Robert D. Galiano, MD. Dr. Rodriguez is a board certified vascular surgeon who specializes in restoring blood flow to the legs using traditional open surgery (bypass) and minimally invasive techniques (angioplasty and stenting). Dr. Galiano is a board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in complex reconstructive surgery to save limbs, including the use of grafts, flaps and microsurgery.

Clinical Trials

Ongoing clinical research trials at the Center for Vascular Disease are investigating new treatment options for peripheral arterial disease to ensure that our patients continue to receive the most innovative care in the country. For more information regarding these clinical trials, visit the Clinical Trials Unit of Northwestern, send an e-mail or call 312-926-4000.

Contact Us Today

For more information regarding peripheral arterial disease and the treatments available, please contact the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at 866-662-8467. To schedule an appointment, please call 312-695-4965 or request a first-time appointment online.


Last UpdateNovember 23, 2012