Limb Preservation Program

The Hospital of Central Connecticut's Limb Preservation Program provides specific treatment plans for every patient.

The program offers early intervention to help you maintain as much mobility and function in your daily activity as possible, avoiding amputation and promoting health to prevent future issues.

 Our clinicians include:

Schedule an Appointment

Patient appointments are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

From Referral to Diagnosis

If you have a concern about your foot or leg health – whether it be a wound, ulcer or pain while walking – reach out to the Hartford HealthCare Limb Preservation Program closest to you.

You’ll work with a specially-trained nurse navigator or advanced practitioner who will serve as your point of contact and guide throughout the diagnosis and treatment process.

Based on your individualized needs, you may be scheduled for non-invasive tests that will advise your course of treatment, including blood pressure screenings, ultrasounds, and other tests that evaluate the quality of blood flow in your limbs.

After testing, your nurse navigator or advanced practitioner will set up the appropriate consultations with a wide range of experts that may include podiatrists, endocrinologists, wound care specialists, vascular or general surgeons, and more.

Should you end up needing surgery, your nurse navigator or advanced practitioner will also coordinate the recovery process, including rehabilitation, fitting of orthotics, and routine follow-ups.

Treatments and Technology

The Limb Preservation Program at Hartford HealthCare is committed to offering cutting edge therapy right in your community. Our providers may recommend a variety of treatments, including:

  • Angiograms-minimally invasive outpatient procedure where a tiny camera is inserted into your blood vessels through a small puncture in your groin to obtain pictures of any blockages that may impede healing. Your provider may use specially designed technology that can open blocked blood vessels including stents, cutting devices, and balloons.
  • Surgery-a variety of complex surgical treatments to improve blood flow to the wound, clean or close unhealthy tissue or open wounds, or remove non-healing tissue or bones.
  • Advanced wound care-the wound care center at The Hospital of Central Connecticut offers a number of cutting-edge treatments including hyperbaric oxygen therapy, negative pressure therapy, synthetic skin grafts, and more.

No matter the course of treatment, we believe that great care can be provided quickly, easily and close to home.

If Amputation is Necessary

Our team is committed to doing everything we can to prevent amputation, but sometimes that outcome is unavoidable.

If amputation is required, we connect you with resources to get you up, walking and functioning as soon as possible, whether it be physical therapy, prosthesis fittings, or amputee support group.

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Meet our Limb Preservation Specialists:

Name Specialties Location
Gifford, Edward D., MD, FSVS, FACS, RPVI Gifford, Edward D., MD, FSVS, FACS, RPVI 860.522.4158
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Endovascular Surgery
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  • Hartford
  • Mystic
  • Norwich
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Napoletano, Robert Stephen, MD Napoletano, Robert Stephen, MD 860.826.4457
  • General Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery
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  • New Britain
  • New Britain
  • Newington
  • Southington
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Wound Care