Eliminate preventable amputations over the next generation. This is how we do it!

Our collective goal is to eliminate preventable amputations over the next generation.”, states David G. Armstrong, the Founding President of the American Limb Preservation Society (ALPS). ALPS has been launched at DFCONline last week to serve as an interdisciplinary bridge between varied groups and organizations with respective roles to play in lower limb preservation. Dr. Armstrong welcomes all to join as we work toward this goal.

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Through the Society, the group will continue to advance the science, clinical care and advocacy of limb preservation and identify, develop and mentor the next generation of clinicians, scientists and clinician scientists in this field.

This is a strong call to action, and it is oh so necessary. Every 20 seconds, somewhere around the world someone loses their leg because of diabetes. ALPS’ goal is to push back the clock and eliminate preventable amputation over the next generation.

The data strongly suggest that seeing a podiatrist preserves the life of the limb. In fact, seeing a podiatrist along with one other member of the diabetes team reduces 6-year risk for amputation by up to two thirds. If that were a drug, it’d be the blockbuster of blockbusters. The goal of ALPS is to serve as an interdisciplinary bridge to bring clinicians who work in limb preservation together at all level. 

We all know that diabetes causes so many preventable amputations. How can podiatrists be stronger involved to prevent them, where can they make the difference?

 The data strongly suggest that seeing a podiatrist preserves the life of the limb. In fact, seeing a podiatrist along with one other member of the diabetes team reduces 6-year risk for amputation by up to two thirds. If that were a drug, it’d be the blockbuster of blockbusters. The goal of ALPS is to serve as an interdisciplinary bridge to bring clinicians who work in limb preservation together regionally, nationally and internationally.

There are already a lot of initiatives that exists around the subject. How is ASPL different?

As someone who has been so fortunate as to have come up in a field when I did, I (along with many of my colleagues in other surgical and medical disciplines) recognized that there were any number of clinicians within the USA that focused on one area of limb preservation. Diabetologists have the ADA. Vascular Surgeons have SVS. Podiatrists have APMA, etc. What we have seen, however, is a field (limb preservation) evolve over the last generation into a bona fide area of team speciality and care. That’s the purpose of ALPS— it is to be that interdisciplinary bridge to bring clinicians together and to foster the next generation of women and men with an interest in the area to be able to team up to eliminate preventable amputation over the next generation.

Do you wish to know more? https://limbpreservationsociety.org/contact/ or email info@limbpreservationsociety.org.

Do you wish to become a member: https://limbpreservationsociety.org/become-a-member/

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