Broadlawns Amputation Prevention Center
Diabetes and foot ulcers are the main factors leading to the amputation of a limb in the United States. What may be considered a “minor” problem for non-diabetics can be a signficant risk factor for amputation in a diabetic patient. Just as some heart attacks are “silent,” foot problems are commonly “silent” attackers for people with diabetes. Foot ulcers, infections and circulatory problems place the limb at risk for amputation.
The Amputation Prevention Center at Broadlawns is a center of excellence in Iowa, treating patients with conditions that place the limb at risk for amputation. Our physicians specialize in treating lower extremity complications of diabetes.
The clinic at Broadlawns provides two main services: prevention and treatment. We offer comprehensive diagnostics and state-of-the-art treatment for patients with limbs at risk.
Comprehensive Foot Ulcer Risk Assessment
Everyone with diabetes should have a yearly foot examination and the American Diabetes Association recommends an examination of the peripheral (upper and lower extremities) circulation every five years.
We use advanced tools to check for sensory loss in the feet, circulation in the extremities and foot deformities or joint problems that may increase the risk of developing wounds.
Personalized plans to prevent foot ulcers help keep patients active with the use of protective shoes, foot thermometers and one-on-one education. As needed, we refer patients to neurologists, vascular surgeons, endocrinologists or other specialists.
Specialized Treatment of Limbs at Risk for Amputation
Broadlawns Foot and Ankle Clinic provides outpatient and inpatient care for people with an at-risk limb.
The clinic utilizes the latest technologies and treatments including hydro scalpel, stem cell therapy, maggot application and negative pressure wound therapy. In addition, our surgeons have vast experience with Charcot foot reconstruction.
In cases where amputations are necessary to prevent the spread of infection, we concentrate on preserving as much function as possible, to keep the patient active.
If you’ve been offered an amputation or have diabetes or other concerns about your feet or legs, please call us.
Inpatient and outpatient services are offered and staff is on-call for emergencies 24 hours a day.
For appointments, call 515.282.FOOT (3668).
For outside physician referrals, call the paging operators at 515.282.2200.
Foot and Ankle Clnic Staff Biographies
Denise M. Mandi, DPM - Section Chief
Mica Murdoch, DPM
Ben L. Olsen, DPM
Ron P. Belin, DPM