Is Limb Salvage Practical In Patients With Diabetes And Renal Failure?

By Jessica Kaylor, BA, and John S. Steinberg, DPM

      The patient with diabetes and renal failure will never fare as well as patients who do not suffer from either disease. Nevertheless, multidisciplinary care focused on timely control and prevention of the advancement of foot disease should replace primary amputation for the properly selected patient with diabetes and renal failure.

      Ms. Kaylor is a Research Intern at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC.

      Dr. Steinberg (pictured at right) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Plastic Surgery at the Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C.

      For further reading, see “Treating Lower Extremity Wounds In The Face Of Systemic Disease” in the January 2006 issue of Podiatry Today or check out the archives at


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