Thanks to new therapies, wounds and ulcers don’t have to cost an arm or leg

Here’s the bad news in Dr. Azher Iqbal’s world of vascular medicine: obesity and diabetes have contributed in large part to more than 480 amputations in Erie County in 2014, the most recent year for which statistics are available.

More than 460 of them involved a lower limb, an average hospital stay of 12.2 days and an average $52,313 charge per patient.

Here’s the good news: Advancements in his field have helped bring new technology to Western New York that can save you an arm or leg.

“Amputation is not a treatment. It’s a failure of treatment,” said Iqbal, a New York City native who moved to Buffalo 15 years ago and has become one of the pioneers at Gates Vascular Institute on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

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