New Imaging Method Could Reduce Number of Amputations

Posted on February 2, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Critical limb ischemia (CLI) is a disabling condition that causes blockage in the main arteries that provide the limbs with blood. Approximately 30 percent of patients with CLI undergo limb amputations in their lifetime. Additionally, before treatment, the condition can cause severe pain and mobility complications. According to a study published in the scientific journal JACC, doctors at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London have developed a new MRI-based mapping technology to help doctors determine the success of CLI treatment. The current treatment for CLI is a surgical procedure where a surgeon bypasses or widens the blocked artery with a stent. The success of these operations is unknown for days until doctors can determine if the limb is improving. In testing the new mapping technology, doctors scanned the limbs of 34 CLI patients before and after the surgery. Researchers were able to identify successful surgeries with the MRI scans and confirmed them through small biopsies of leg muscle. The research team is hopeful that this more immediate identification of unsuccessful surgeries can allow doctors more time to successfully improve blood flow. This would help reduce the need to amputate the limbs due to the amount of time they have been working with a limited blood supply.

Amputations Can Qualify You for Social Security Disability Benefits

The loss of a limb is not only devastating to your quality of life, but it also may prevent you from working and earning an income. If you have lost a limb due to CLI, diabetes, trauma, or any other reason, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. Contact the Disability Help Group online or call us at 1-(800)-800-3332 to schedule a consultation with our disability advocates!