What is limb salvage?
Limb amputation affects millions of Americans. The most common reason that patients undergo amputation is related to a lack of blood supply and associated gangrene. Unfortunately, many patients who undergo amputation haven’t been properly screened for potential procedures that could prevent amputation.
Why limb salvage?
Approximately half the patients who undergo limb amputation are not properly evaluated by a limb salvage specialist. Simply restoring blood flow to the affected limb can often prevent amputation or allow for a limited amputation to heal.
Orange County Heart Institute’s Limb Salvage Program helps patients avoid amputation and preserve a significant independent quality of life enabling our patients to continue to lead fulfilling lives.
At Orange County Heart Institute’s Limb Salvage Program, our patients undergo a battery of tests including bilateral lower extremity ultrasound, CAT scans, and arterial pressure measurements to determine if they’re a candidate for lower extremity angiography and limb salvage procedures. These non-invasive evaluations allow for quicker and more accurate diagnosis. Many of our limb salvage procedures are in an outpatient environment which allows speedy recovery and minimizes hospital stays.
Dr. Kolski and the Limb Salvage team at Orange County Heart Institute are experts in providing minimally invasive techniques to alleviate symptoms and help prevent limb loss. Our Limb Salvage Program has an excellent track record and has saved many patients’ extremities. Dr. Kolski is on the national faculty for the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions and is a nationally recognized expert in this field.
Who we treat
According to the National Institutes of Health, peripheral arterial disease (PAD) affects one in every 20 people in the United States over 50. PAD develops when the arteries that supply blood to the internal organs, arms and legs become completely or partially blocked as a result of atherosclerosis. There are many possible side effects of atherosclerosis including non-healing leg ulcers and critical limb ischemia (CLI) if the lower extremity arteries are involved. The 2 million people with CLI are at imminent risk of amputation.
Are you or someone you love a candidate for our Limb Salvage Program?
Additional Cardiology Services
Dr. Kolski is a highly skilled, nationally recognized cardiologist providing patients in Orange Country with world class heart care services
Dr. Kolski performs over 200 structural heart interventions a year and travels throughout the U.S., educating physicians on vascular techniques and Complex Higher-Risk (and Indicated) Patients. He directs the structural heart program at St. Joseph Hospital—the busiest catheter-based heart valve program in Orange County.
Procedures Since 2014
Complex Coronary Interventions
Limb Salvage Procedures