For example, the purchase and refitting costs of conventional socket suspension systems are reported to be in the range of $6,203 to $20,070 over the first 5 yr after primary amputation
Indeed, results of bypass graft surgery aimed at limb salvage in an ESRD population were so dismal that a growing number of skilled surgeons are opting instead for primary amputation
below or even above the knee, said Dr.
Despite a decline in the number of major amputations, primary amputation
is frequently the first, and the only treatment offered.
Differences in AMP performance were found between the three primary amputation
groups (Table 3).
In fact, a retrospective data analysis involving 417 patients, who received an amputation between 1999 and 2001, revealed that 67 percent of those patients with CLI have a primary amputation
as their first-line treatment and only 16 percent of patients ever received a diagnostic angiogram to determine if non-invasive percutaneous or other treatment options were viable.