On World Vascular Day,Doctor Ravul Jindal focussed on the point that with proper education and timely treatment,patients with a diabetes foot could save themselves from feet or leg amputation.
In just 6 years,the number of such amputations has come down by nearly 90 % to 1-2 per month as compared to 8-10 major amputations per month earlier. We hope to bring this down even further, said Dr Jindal,Director of Vascular Surgery,Fortis Hospital.
Talking about a diabetic foot,Dr. Jindal said,A diabetic foot is one of the main reasons for diabetic patient admissions and has a very high morbidity and mortality. 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.
Ignoring blackened toes may not only lead to amputation of the foot or leg,but can also cause onset of heart ailments.
Specialised treatment like angioplasty or bypass for arterial blockage is a major deterrent too. When done timely,it saves limbs,and in some cases – life too, he added.
Dr Jindal added that the Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is associated with old age,smoking,diabetes,high cholesterol and hypertension. Symptoms of the disease include pain in the calf or thigh while walking.
Unfortunately these diseases are not diagnosed in time and patients ultimately land up with gangrene and consequent limb amputation, Dr Jindal added.
He suggested that lifestyle should be charted to increase healthy circulation of blood from heart to various body parts and vice versa,besides administration of anti-clogging or anti-platelet drugs and specialized vascular surgery in form of bypass leg surgeries or angioplasty.
Angioplasty is very successful operation in patients with diabetic foot and in most of the patients,the foot can be saved if they came to us at the right time, he added.