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Ohio State’s Comprehensive Wound Center Limb Preservation Program

The Limb Preservation Program within Ohio State’s Comprehensive Wound Center offers highly skilled specialists from multiple areas, along with the latest treatments and technology for limb-threatening conditions.​​​​​​​​


Limb Preservation Program
Call: 614-293-4811
(or 1-888-340-3163) to:

  • Refer a patient to the program
  • Schedule a wound evaluation
  • Get more information about Comprehensive Wound Center services



Limb Preservation Program at University Hospital East

The Limb Preservation Program is a new service within the Comprehensive
Wound Center at Ohio State’s University Hospital East bringing together the
most advanced techniques and expertise to avoid amputation and save limbs.

Ohio State’s Limb Preservation Program offers a unique approach not offered anywhere else in the region and throughout Ohio. You have access to highly-
skilled experts all in a setting designed around your need for coordinated and efficient care.

With a deep involvement in cutting-edge research, The Ohio State University Comprehensive Wound Center brings you timely access to the latest
treatments and technology. The resources available to patients coming to
Ohio State’s Limb Preservation Program can only be found at a few other
medical centers throughout the United States.

Offering Advanced Care to Those At-Risk of Amputation
If you are at-risk for limb loss, Ohio State’s Limb Preservation Program can help.

Our program offers the most advanced techniques for treating limb-threatening conditions, such as:

  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Lower extremity wound infection due to diabetes
  • Advanced Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)
  • Acute and chronic infections
  • Deformities

Vascular diseases, including diabetes and PAD (Peripheral Arterial Disease), account for more than half the amputations in the United States. With early intervention and expert care, many of these limbs can be saved.

Conditions like diabetic foot calluses can be an early warning sign of a limb-threatening disorder. Seeking help from Ohio State’s Limb Preservation Program early can help you lower the risk of complications, hospitalization and amputation.

Specialized Expertise for Complex Conditions

Ohio State’s Limb Preservation Program brings together highly specialized
experts from multiple disciplines to determine the most effective solutions to
address your concerns. From physician evaluation and diagnosis to treatment
and follow-up care, the patient is at the center of our care delivery.

The Limb Preservation Program physician team includes:

What makes our program unique is the diverse group of specialists who consult as a care team to provide our patients with personalized care. This gives you the benefit of our combined expertise to determine the best outcome for each patient. In addition, all care is given in one comprehensive setting. You will receive an integrated health plan in the Comprehensive Wound Center, without the need to seek out each specialist on your own.

Convenience Combined With Leading-Edge Techniques

Ohio State’s Limb Preservation Program at University Hospital East makes testing, treatment and follow-up care more convenient for you. Parking is free of charge and appointments are usually available within seven days.

During your initial visit, your care plan will be developed and all the necessary procedures scheduled.

Specialized technology for non-invasive testing is available right in the Center, including:

  • Ultrasound: As a research center, Ohio State’s Comprehensive Wound Center is one of only seven locations in the nation to have the most advanced ultrasound technology that can be used to diagnose bone infections, eliminating the need for an MRI. This painless test can quickly provide critical information to determine the right treatment.
  • Transcutaneous Oxygen Measurement: This painless test measures the oxygen levels in the limbs to aid in diagnosis and treatment.
  • Noninvasive Peripheral Vascular Lab: Our experienced sonographers assist Ohio State’s physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of the full spectrum of vascular diseases such as peripheral vascular disease, carotid artery disease and more complex disorders such as aneurysms. Specific to the limb salvage center, the vascular lab uses duplex ultrasound and doppler ultrasound to assess for PAD.

Once your treatment plan is determined, your care is coordinated through Ohio State’s Limb Preservation Program. Treatments may include:

  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, a treatment in which you breathe pure oxygen in a compression chamber to increase healing and control infection, is available onsite at the Center.
  • Minimally invasive vascular procedures such as angiograms, angioplasty, stents (mesh-like tubes inserted into arteries or veins), and advanced endovascular procedures to help blood flow, are performed in the adjacent catheterization laboratory.
  • Complex surgical reconstruction performed by highly-trained and specialized micro-surgeons.

Experienced wound care nurses, physical therapists, dietitians and other allied health professionals provide follow-up care within the Center, in close collaboration with physicians.

If you live outside Franklin County, the Center can work closely with your local healthcare providers and physicians to provide routine follow-up care after your treatment or surgery. This enables you to benefit from the advanced treatment available at Ohio State without the need to drive a long distance for routine visits.

Appointments Available

If you are concerned about a limb-threatening condition, more information and appointments for the Limb Preservation Program are available by calling Ohio State’s Comprehensive Wound Center at 614-293-4811 or 1-888-340-3163. Appointments can usually be scheduled within seven days.

If you would like to obtain more information about our services, or schedule a wound evaluation, please call
614-293-4811 or 1-888-340-3163.

Physicians who would like to refer a patient to the Limb Preservation Program can do so by calling 614-293-4811
or 1-888-340-3163.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​