Why Seeking a Second Opinion Could Save Your Leg

Leg amputation

Most vascular surgeons agree that amputation is a last resort. At least, that’s how many clinics will present it. Severe vascular issues, such as peripheral artery disease (PAD), can escalate to the point where amputation becomes a consideration, but many patients are left feeling overwhelmed and pressured into accepting it as their only treatment option. Unfortunately, there’s rarely enough consideration for one of the most daunting and life-altering choices a patient may ever face.

At Apex Vascular, we believe that amputation doesn’t have to be your only answer. Seeking a second opinion could save your limb. We always empower our patients with information and options, trialing all treatments before considering amputation for a patient. In this blog post, we explore why getting a second opinion is crucial for saving your limb and avoiding amputation. 

What Happens If My Doctor Tells Me I Need An Amputation?

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Amputation can be a frightening word to hear come out of your doctor’s mouth. Remember to get a second opinion before making any life-changing decisions such as having a limb amputated. Seeking a second opinion can provide you with valuable peace of mind, and it could ultimately prevent an amputation through alternative treatment plans. 

In vascular medicine, new technologies and procedures are always in development. This has led to options that are less invasive and more effective than traditional treatments like amputation. By consulting with multiple medical professionals, you can explore a wider range of possibilities and make informed decisions about your or your loved one’s care. In complex cases involving vascular disease, accurate diagnosis and comprehensive evaluation are paramount to ensuring the best possible outcomes. 

At Apex Vascular, our team of board-certified vascular surgeons and specialists is dedicated to thorough and comprehensive evaluations. It’s our priority that our patients receive an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan custom made for them.

Unique Treatment Plans Can Avoid Amputation

Located in the heart of East Tennessee, Apex Vascular has earned a reputation for prioritizing the patient experience and staying ahead of the latest technological advancements in vascular care. We understand that every patient is unique, and treatment should be tailored to your specific needs and the best possible outcomes. This is why we advocate for second opinions, especially when faced with the prospect of limb loss. Limb salvage is a possible outcome more often than you might think.

It’s sad to say, but misdiagnoses and overlooked treatment options can happen—even with procedures as serious as amputation. Losing a limb changes your entire life. It can also cause physical, emotional, and financial challenges. Our entire team believes in exploring every avenue before agreeing that a patient needs an amputation. Through collaborative decision-making and personalized treatment plans, we strive to optimize outcomes and improve the quality of life for our patients.

Expert Vascular Care in Knoxville, TN

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Amputation is not a decision to be taken lightly. It is essential for patients facing vascular issues to advocate for themselves and seek multiple opinions before committing to such a life-altering procedure. At Apex Vascular, we are dedicated to empowering our patients with information, options, and hope, guiding them through their vascular journey with compassion and expertise. 

If you or a loved one are facing the prospect of amputation, we encourage you to reach out and schedule a consultation with our team. You deserve the final say in your health treatment plan, and we are here to help you protect your limbs and improve your life. Are you or a loved one facing an amputation? Schedule an appointment for a second opinion today!

Get A Second Opinion - Apex Vascular

Apex Vascular is a vascular surgery and vein center with locations in Knoxville, Lenoir City, and Crossville, TN. We are dedicated to delivering personalized, high-quality care that goes beyond medical treatment. Our exceptional vascular staff, boasting extensive experience in vascular surgery, works tirelessly to elevate the standards of patient care and contribute to your overall well-being. Visit us online or call us at 865-562-3232 to request an appointment today!


4 Locations Across TN

Our physicians are focused on providing you with the best outcome through the use of state-of-the-art equipment.

Lenoir City

460 Medical Park Dr, #104
Lenoir City, TN, 37772

North Knoxville

7557 A Dannaher Dr, #210
Powell TN 37849

West Knoxville

10800 Parkside Dr, #331
Knoxville, TN, 37934


131 S Webb Ave, Crossville
TN 38555

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