Chronic kidney disease can be easily overlooked, but the number of people afflicted have been on the rise. Currently, chronic kidney disease is the ninth leading cause of death in the U.S., and affects 26 million Americans.
Although most patients with chronic kidney disease understand their medical condition, they may not recognize the complications that are often associated with chronic kidney disease. One of the most devastating complications associated with chronic kidney disease is peripheral artery disease. People with chronic kidney disease are at higher risk than the general population of developing peripheral artery disease, which is a narrowing of the blood vessels that carry blood from the heart to the legs.
Vascular disease, including peripheral artery disease, is responsible for about 80 percent of all amputations. The good news is that there are some technologies now available that can help reverse some of the symptoms and prevent amputation. These new technologies have helped decrease the number of major amputations in patients with peripheral artery disease by 75 percent.
However, it’s critical that patients with chronic kidney disease, as well as their doctors, are alert to peripheral artery disease, its symptoms, and its complications. However, unfortunately, many patients with chronic kidney disease have less than optimal health care. It’s important that patients stay proactive and informed about their condition and some possible health risks.
If you have suffered an amputation as a result of chronic kidney disease, it’s possible that the amputation is due to medical malpractice. If your doctor failed to diagnose your condition or prescribe the appropriate treatment, he or she could be held responsible. Call me, Conal Doyle, Amputation Attorney, at 310-385-0567. I am an amputee as well as a personal injury attorney, and I have experience in helping amputation victims receive compensation for their injuries. Call today to learn more.