DIABETIC FOOT: GOING BLOOD SUGAR TO THE …EDGE

Diabetic Foot: Going Blood Sugar to the … Edge

One of the scourges of the modern age, which is continuously taking uncontrollable dimensions, leading thousands of people daily to lower limb amputations, Diabetic Foot is treated at the YODA Day Care Unit with the most up-to-date methods and with particularly impressive results.

The term “Diabetic Foot” is used to describe all manifestations occurring on the skin and the deep tissues at the lower limps of diabetic patients. It is one of the most serious complication of diabetes, as well as the most frequent cause of hospitalization and disability in diabetic patients.

According to World Health Organization, Diabetic Foot Syndrome is an “Infection, ulceration and/or destruction of the deep tissues associated with local neurological alterations and varying degrees of peripheral angiopathy of the lower limbs”.

Diabetic Foot is a common complication in diabetic patients,, particularly in those suffering from Type 1 Diabetes and taking insulin.

It has been found that 15% of diabetic patients will develop ulcer in the lower limbs during their lifetime. This is a particularly serious complication, as one single sore can lead to the mutilation of a diabetic foot!

It is significant that 75% of non-traumatic amputations are made in diabetic patients, while 85% of these amputations are preceded by ulceration!

It is a major problem in Greece too, as the percentage of the population suffering from diabetes is 7% or about 700,000 people. Of those, it is estimated that about 40%, i.e. 280.000 people, have problems in the lower limps.

According to the latest statistics available, the foot of a diabetic patient is lost every 30 seconds, internationally.. In Greece, there are approximately 2.500-3.500 incidents of one or two lower limps amputation per year.

Proper counselling and treatment is extremely important for a diabetic patient considering that diabetic foot ulcer recurrences are common if the causes are not eliminated (40% possibility in one year, 60% in two years, and 70% in three years).

At the YODA Day Care Unit, all possible Diabetic Foot lesions are treated with the most up-to-date scientific approaches by highly specialized physicians with long experience.

Initially, there is an assessment of the limb lesion a laboratory and clinical assessment of the probability of local inflammation and control of patient’s blood sugar.

Subsequently, the devitalised tissue of the wound is removed using the modern Low-Frequency Ultrasonic Debridement (LFUD) method.

This method is superior to other methods for cleaning devitalised tissues due to the fact that during the ultrasonic ulcer cleaning process, the healthy tissue is distinguished from the necrotic.

In this way, necroses, damaged tissues, and even biofilm formations are removed without causing any damage to healthy tissues.

Full cleaning is usually completed in 1 – 4 sessions, depending on the extent of the lesions..

In theYODA Day Care Uni, with the use of modern patches, skin substitutes or any other modern method is considered necessary, granulation or even epithelialization of the ulcer can be achieved non-invasively or with surgery if it is necessary, with absolute safety and with the minimal suffering for the patient.

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