Major lower extremity amputation in elderly patients with peripheral arterial disease: incidence and survival rates.

@article{Remes2008MajorLE,
  title={Major lower extremity amputation in elderly patients with peripheral arterial disease: incidence and survival rates.},
  author={Leena Remes and Raimo E Isoaho and Tero Vahlberg and Heikki I Hiekkanen and Kimmo Korhonen and Matti H. Viitanen and P{\"a}ivi Tuire Rautava},
  journal={Aging clinical and experimental research},
  year={2008},
  volume={20 5},
  pages={385-93}
}
BACKGROUND AND AIMS The methods of treating peripheral arterial disease (PAD) have changed and become more prophylactic. This study describes and analyzes 1) the incidence rates of major lower extremity amputation (LEA) due to PAD, 2) occurrence of re-amputation, and 3) the survival of amputees and factors predicting survival. METHODS The series consisted of 210 patients (mean age 76.6, SD 10.7 yrs, 45.2% men) who underwent their first, i.e. index, major leg amputation because of PAD, in 1998… CONTINUE READING