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Multidisciplinary Limb Salvage Care is Associated with Decreased Mortality Without Increasing Revascularization In Major Amputations
Qingwen Kawaji, James Martinson, Sharmeen Husain, Jason Howard, Darshan Randhawa, Michael Rouse, Suzanne Kool, Jason A Chin, Raghuveer Vallabhaneni, Jason R Crowner
Medstar, Baltimore, MD

Objective:Development and implementation of a limb salvage program has been shown to improve amputation free survival and reduce need for major amputations; however, the impact of this approach on patients who eventually progress to major amputation is unclear. The goal of this study is to assess the effect of a multidisciplinary limb salvage team on revascularization rates prior to amputation and post-amputation outcomes in patients undergoing major lower extremity amputations in an urban setting.
Methods:Patients in a single health-care system who underwent major lower extremity amputations between 2014 and 2021 were identified using Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes within our electronic medical records. Patient demographic data, comorbidities, pre-amputation revascularization, limb-salvage procedures, and one year mortality were collected by chart review. Chi-square tests, Mann-Whitney U test and studentís t-test were used to compare patient variables between pre- and post- launch of a multidisciplinary limb-salvage team. Univariate and multivariate logistic regression analysis were used to assess patient characteristics associated with 30-day pre-amputation revascularization and one year mortality.
Results:509 patients underwent major lower extremity amputations during the study period: 48% below knee amputations (BKA), 50% above knee amputations (AKA). Comparing pre-amputation revascularization procedures stratified by involvement of a multi-disciplinary limb salvage team, there was no significant difference in 30-day revascularization rate (30.8% vs. 30.1%, p=0.87). Pre-amputation revascularization rates at 90 days (22.7% vs. 22.5%, p=0.95) and one year (21.6% vs. 16.9%, p=0.19) remained similar between groups as well. There was a statistically significant increase in 30-day pre-amputation debridement/minor amputation (0.33 vs. 0.69, P<0.001) after limb salvage implementation; this significant increase was also shown at 90 days and one year prior to amputation (Table 1). One year mortality rates in both AKA (55% vs. 10%, p<0.001) and BKA (49% vs. 6.5%, p<0.001) groups were significantly different after limb salvage implementation. Patient characteristics associated with 30-day pre-amputation revascularization included hypertension (OR 2.1, 95% CI 1.2-3.8), diabetes (OR 0.53, 95% CI 0.34-0.80), and smoking status (OR 1.7, CI 1.1-2.6). Patients with end stage renal disease (ESRD) had higher one year mortality (OR 2.1, 95% CI 1.2-4.0). Implementation of limb salvage program was associated with improved one-year post-amputation mortality overall (OR 0.09, 95% CI 0.049-0.17) (Table 2).
Conclusion:For patients with chronic limb threatening ischemia (CLTI) who eventually progressed to require major lower extremity amputations, implementation of a limb salvage program did not change pre-amputation revascularization practice. However, it was associated with significantly improved one-year post-amputation mortality. Our findings further support the global vascular guidelines, demonstrating the benefit of limb salvage services in patients with major amputations.
Table 1: Revascularization and Minor Amputation Performed Overall and Stratified by Limb-salvage Status.

levelAllPrePostp-value
Total Patients 509273236
Revas 30 days (%)Yes155 (30.5%)84 (30.8%)71 (30.1%)0.87
No354 (69.5%)189 (69.2%)165 (69.9%)
Endo 30 days (%)Yes104 (67.1%)54 (64.3%)50 (70.4%)0.48
No51 (32.9%)30 (35.7%)21 (29.6%)
Revas 30-90 days (%)Yes115 (22.6%)62 (22.7%)53 (22.5%)0.95
No394 (77.4%)211 (77.3%)183 (77.5%)
Endo 30-90 days (%)Yes74 (64.3%)41 (66.1%)33 (62.3%)0.58
No41 (35.7%)21 (33.9%)21 (37.7%)
Revas 90 days-1yr (%)Yes99 (19.4%)59 (21.6%)40 (16.9%)0.19
No410 (80.6%)214 (78.4%)196 (83.1%)
Endo 90 days-1yr (%)Yes57 (57.6%)30 (50.8%)27 (67.5%)0.1
No42 (42.4%)29 (49.2%)13 (32.5%)
Number of wound debri local amp 30 days (median [IQR]) / Mean(SD)0.00 [0.00, 1.00]0.48 (0.78)0.00 [0.00, 1.00]0.33 (0.64)1.00 [0.00, 1.00]0.69 (1.0)<0.001
Number of wound debri local amp 90 days (median [IQR]) / Mean(SD)0.00 [0.00, 0.00]0.31 (0.79)0.00 [0.00, 0.00]0.25 (0.62)0.00 [0.00, 0.00]0.84 (1.5)<0.001
Number of wound debri local amp 90 days 1 year (median [IQR])0.00 [0.00, 0.00]0.21 (0.77)0.00 [0.00, 0.00]0.16 (0.53)0.00 [0.00, 0.00]0.56(1.8)<0.001

Table 2: Logistic Regression Assessing Patient Characteristics Associated with One Year Mortality after Major Amputation
VariablesAdjusted OR95% CIP value
Age1.0(1.0, 1.1)0.051
Sex: MaleRefRefRef
Sex: Female0.97(0.56, 1.7)0.91
Race: BlackRefRefRef
Race: White0.98(0.54, 1.8)0.95
Race: Other0.61(0.084, 4.4)0.62
Insurance: MedicareRefRefRef
Insurance: Medicaid0.81(0.39, 1.7)0.59
Insurance: Private1.9(0.65, 5.7)0.24
Insurance: Self Pay0.69(0.091, 5.3)0.72
Income: Q1RefRefRef
Income: Q21.20(0.66, 2.2)0.55
Income: Q31.02(0.47, 2.2)0.97
Income: Q40.46(0.11, 1.9)0.28
HTN1.0(0.49, 2.2)0.93
HDL1.5(0.85, 2.6)0.16
DM1.2(0.69, 2.2)0.48
ESRD2.1(1.2, 4.0)0.013
CAD1.0(0.58, 1.7)0.99
Smoker1.2(0.71, 2.2)0.44
Amputation: AKARefRefRef
Amputation: BKA0.72(0.42, 1.2)0.22
Amputation: TKD0.87(0.093, 8.2)0.91
Pre-Limb SalvageRefRefRef
Post-Limb Salvage0.090(0.049, 0.17)<0.001


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