‘More than 95% of surgeries for amputation can be prevented’

"It is often said that a patient with gangrened diabetic foot has to go through an amputation. Diabetic foot is one of the main reasons for diabetic patient admissions and has a very high morbidity and mortality. More than 95 percent of these surgeries for amputation can be prevented with proper education and timely treatment," says Dr Ravul Jindal, Director, Vascular Surgery, Fortis Hospital, Mohali, while addressing more than 100 diabetic patients of the tricity gathered on Saturday at Fortis Hospital, Mohali to attend a health session on 'Diabetes and its management'.

Dr Ravul Jindal, Director, Vascular Surgery elaborated on 'Diabetic foot'. Talking about the patients' history and their emotional loss, Dr Jindal said, "In the last two years there were more than 200 patients that came to Fortis Hospital with an amputated leg due to diabetes and when they got to know that the amputation could have been avoided, and the leg could have been saved, if they had had the right information at the right time, they were shocked".

A sedentary lifestyle, lack of physical activity, obesity, stress and consumption of a diet rich in fat, sugar and calories, is responsible for the sharp increase in the diabetic population, Dr Jindal opined.

Diabetes renders foot lesions more susceptible to gangrene. People from the lower strata of society and those living in rural areas run a high risk of losing their limbs due to lesions. Education and prevention play a pivotal role in awakening masses. Asking diabetics to remain cautious about any kind of foot lesions, Dr Jindal said that even cases of fissures, abscesses, cellulites, ulcers, claw toes and Charcot's joints need to be watched carefully. "Specialized treatment like angioplasty or bypass for arterial blockage is a major deterrent too. When done properly, it saves limbs, and in some cases - lives too," he added.

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