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Diabetes – Dennis’ Story – Podcast

Patient Stories

A number of chronic health conditions can affect your circulation. Left unchecked this can lead to major complications, including the need to amputate limbs. Today we’re talking with a member of Adventist Health’s Limb Preservation Team and a patient who is enjoying a renewed quality of life thanks to the help of a robust team and hyperbaric treatment.


  • CJ Anderson
  • Shannon Lang
  • Dennis, Patient

What conditions receive hyperbaric treatment?

  • Wounds that are not healing well
  • Poor circulation, which can lead to extremities turning blue
  • Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)
  • Delayed radiation tissue injury

Dennis’ Experience

Poor circulation, diabetes and a heart condition all contributed to Dennis’ situation. What started out feeling like arthritis pain turned out to be sore on his foot. When other medical treatments were unsuccessful his podiatrist referred Dennis to the wound healing and hyperbaric medicine clinic at Adventist Health.

An infection landed Dennis in the emergency room, where doctors felt the best course of action would be to amputate his leg. Members of the Limb Preservation Team intervened on his behalf and he was released back to their program. Dennis did have the toes on his left foot amputated, but was able to keep his leg.

A Team Approach

Dennis’ clinical support not only included hyperbaric medicine, but specialist in orthopedics, vascular medicine, diabetes, nutrition and infection prevention. The team even found ways to make sure Dennis was able to have his dog with him while receiving treatments at home.

Dennis’ Advice to Others With Risk Factors

If there’s any suspicion at all start the conversation with your doctor now and get it checked out. Getting involved in the process early could make a huge difference. Amputation should be your last option.


Author: LivingWell PDX Blog

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