Limb Salvage Specialist

Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists

Cardiovascular Specialists & Interventional Cardiologists located in Downriver Area, Southgate, MI

If you’re one of the 8.5 million people in the United States with peripheral artery disease (PAD), your risk of losing a limb to amputation is high. Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists offers comprehensive limb salvage services in the Downriver area of Southgate, Michigan. The team focuses on saving your limbs through minimally invasive procedures like angioplasty, stenting, and bypass surgery. To find out if you’re a candidate for limb salvage, call Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists today or book an appointment online.

Limb Salvage Q & A

What is limb salvage?

Limb salvage describes a variety of services to preserve the health of limbs in people with severe peripheral artery disease (PAD) and critical limb ischemia (CLI), an advanced form of PAD.

The limb salvage services available at Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists provide comprehensive care that focus on improving arterial blood flow and lowering your risk for one or more amputations.

Why would I need limb salvage?

PAD is a disease where plaque builds-up in the arteries that transport blood to your organs, head, and limbs. As the plaque hardens, it causes your arteries to narrow. This narrowing doesn’t allow the oxygen-rich blood to flow to these areas properly.

The poor blood flow of PAD can cause a variety of symptoms, especially in your lower extremities. You might experience:

  • Muscle cramps
  • Leg heaviness
  • Discolored legs and toes
  • Thick, yellowed toenails

When PAD progresses to CLI, the tissue in the affected area can develop ulcers that lead to the death of tissue. As you lose tissue, your risk for needing an amputation increases significantly.

To preserve your limbs and improve your vascular health, the team at Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists offers customized care using minimally invasive treatments.

What does limb salvage involve?

There are several procedures the Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists team uses to improve blood flow to your extremities and other areas of your body.

Depending on your condition, you might need a procedure like:


Atherectomy involves cutting hardened plaque out of your artery to improve blood flow.


Angioplasty uses a small balloon that travels through your artery. The balloon inflates to push plaque against your artery walls and allow more blood to flow through the vessel.


Stenting is a surgical procedure to implant a flexible tube into a blocked artery. The tube stays in your artery to increase blood flow and prevent additional blockages.

Bypass surgery

Bypass surgery involves the placement of a piece of healthy vein or an artificial tube near a blockage. This new route allows blood to bypass the blocked artery and freely flow to the other areas of your body.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is available to treat ulcers that result, usually in your feet, from venous insufficiency. In this therapy, you spend time in a pressurized chamber breathing pure oxygen to stimulate your body’s production of growth factors and stem cells that increase the efficiency of wound healing. 

To find out more about the benefits of limb salvage services that prevent limb loss, call Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists, or book a consultation online today.