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Global lessons improve amputation prevention

from Lower Extremity Review

Amputation risk in patients with diabetes has always been a global challenge. Increasingly, amputation prevention efforts are also going global, as practitioners from both developed and developing nations learn from each other's successes. The human and economic costs of diabetes-related lower extremity amputations are high. The mortality rate - about 50 percent five years after amputation - exceeds that of many cancers and experts estimate that in 2007 U.S. expenditures for foot ulceration and amputations were more than $30 billion. more


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