ARTICLES ON HEALTH
What You Need to Know About P.A.D. & New Treatments to Avoid Amputations
With Raghotham Patlola, MD, Cardiology & Stepheny Summrall, MSN, AGACNP-CD, FNP-BC
Stone County Hospital has expanded their services to open the region’s first center dedicated solely to preventing lower extremity amputations in patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD) or ischemia, commonly known as mini-strokes or TIAs.
The Limb Salvage Center at Stone County Hospital offers the latest in vascular rescue therapies and limb-saving procedures for these complex conditions. They generally start with the narrowing of the internal veins and arteries, yet extend to create exterior wounds that won’t heal or become infected due to lack of blood flow in the body.
Those over 50 are commonly diagnosed with this condition. Risk factors for PAD include high blood pressure and cholesterol, diabetes, smoking and being overweight or inactive. It usually manifests itself in pain that occurs while walking.
If you or a loved one think that you could be suffering from effects of PAD, the Stone County Hospital team can evaluate your condition at Stone County Family Medical Clinic in Wiggins. Further procedures or treatments will be done at our office in Hattiesburg. To learn more, please call 601.928.6700 or 601.261.5700.