Limb Preservation

If you or a loved one is in danger of losing the use of a limb, it can be a challenging experience. University of Iowa Health Care's limb preservation specialists possess the background and expertise to carefully guide you through the difficult process and develop a care plan unique to you.

Whether you have an unhealed fracture, a non-healing wound, a chronic infection, or are at high-risk for a limb amputation, our experts will work with you to determine the next steps. You won’t find more comprehensive or accessible care anywhere else in Iowa. Multiple physicians from various specialties will work as a part of your individualized care team. This ensures you have access to the best care available.

Comprehensive Treatment for Arm and Leg Injuries and Conditions

  • Complex arm injuries
  • Complex leg injuries
  • Complications from trauma or tumors
  • Chronic infections
  • Chronic wounds
  • Extremity deformity
  • Failed fracture healing
  • Infection of implants (plates and screws)


  • Bone transport to fill large areas of bone loss
  • Complex procedures to cover soft tissues defects, including:
    • Free flaps
    • Rotational flaps
    • Skin grafts
  • Deformity correction
  • Internal and external fixation to repair non-healing fractures
  • Joint fusion
  • Joint replacement
  • Nerve repair and transfers
  • Orthotic and prosthetic care to manage post-traumatic stiffness and weakness
  • Targeted muscle reinnervation
  • Tendon transfers to treat muscle loss and weakness
  • Vascularized bone transfers

Care Team