Saving Limbs—and Improving Lives

man walking on beach

More than a decade ago, Don Wascovich did something that occasionally happens to the best of us: He stubbed his toe. However, because Mr. Wascovich is diabetic and as a result has a nerve disorder called peripheral neuropathy, that simple stubbed toe set off a chain of events that he could have never predicted. Ultimately, his leg was amputated a few months later.

Fast-forward 13 years. Mr. Wascovich, a 66-year-old resident of Elyria, Ohio, developed a complication of another condition called peripheral arterial disease, that had the potential to result in the unthinkable—the amputation of his other leg.

This time, however, Mr. Wascovich had a much happier outcome because he had a secret weapon on his side: the doctors at Cleveland Clinic’s Lower Extremity Wound Clinic, at the Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute.

Read about Mr. Wascovich’s experience in this article from Cleveland’s hometown newspaper The Plain Dealer. You’ll learn more about how doctors at the Heart & Vascular Institute are working with colleagues in podiatry and other disciplines to deliver medical and surgical treatments that preserve patients’ limbs—and enhance their lives.

More Information

Diabetes Basics
About Peripheral Neuropathy
Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) Overview

  • Kelly Luke

    I always ate butter. Makes sense, it’s real. Tastes better. I like salt. Red meat doesn’t always agree with me, same with too much dairy. Sad, I love ice cream. I didn’t always listen to the latest scientific findings. I use MY common sense. Which is not always reliable. So I investigate when I need to.

  • Alba Leclerc

    In other words… eat Italian, not Itamerican.

  • SloopJB

    This fixation on cholesterol is quite antiquated, get with the program Cleveland!
    Cutting carbs sorts it all out, fat (incl saturated fat) is good. Do it radically and you lose lots of weight too, then ease off once you’ve reached your desired weight.