Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Conference to Focus on Amputation Alternatives for Patients with Critical Limb Ischemia

Loyola Center for Health at Homer Glen offers free breakfast, textbook, information on disorder that affects millions of Americans

WHAT: Millions of Americans suffer from critical limb ischemia (CLI), a severe blockage in the arteries of the lower extremities that impedes blood flow. It often occurs with peripheral arterial disease and can lead to amputation of the affected limb. If you're a podiatrist or a physician who treat patients with CLI, the Loyola Center for Health at Homer Glen invites you to a free Critical Limb Ischemia Conference to learn more about the latest therapies and prevention options. The event includes a free breakfast and CLI textbook. "About 100,000 amputations are done annually. A lot of people don't get a second opinion. They just get their leg taken off," said conference host Dr. Robert Dieter, assistant professor of medicine, department of cardiology, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. "One of the aims of the conference is to increase awareness about the need to get a second opinion, something that we offer through our second opinion program."

AGENDA: 1. Introduction 2. Discussion of the scope of critical limb ischemia 3. Role of diabetes in CLI 4. Diagnosis of CLI 5. Treatment options for CLI (medical, surgical, endovascular) 6. New technologies for treating CLI patients 7. Conclusion

WHERE: Woodbine Country Club, 14140 W. 151st St., Homer Glen.

WHEN: Event takes place from 9-11 a.m., Saturday, June 27 HOW: To register for conference, call (888) LUHS-888. For more information on the second opinion program, call (708) 216-4466.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.