The Center for Limb Preservation is a referral center within the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute. Focused on the treatment of Atherosclerotic Disease of the lower extremities, the center includes experts in the treatment of PAD (Peripheral arterial disease). Peripheral arterial disease is common, affects 30 percent of all people over the age of 70, and results in decreased blood flow to the lower extremities, specifically the legs.

Within the center, we have gathered vascular surgeons, cardiologists, and interventional radiologists to develop optimal, evidence-based treatment plans focused on the individual patient and their functional goals.

The focus of the center is to maintain limb perfusion, therefore improving patients’ ambulatory status. In advanced cases of poor blood flow and gangrene, the optimal goals are to preserve the limb and avoid amputation. Treatments include basic and advance endovascular therapies — angioplasty, stents, atherectomy, and trans-tibial and pedal interventions — as well as conventional open bypass when indicated.

In addition, through the center, we offer treatment modalities under FDA-sponsored investigation that are not otherwise available in the region. Appropriate patients for referral to the center include all patients with PAD symptoms, ranging from claudication to critical ischemia with lower extremity non-healing ulcers and gangrene.