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Diabetics need to check feet every day for cuts

Diabetics need to check feet every day for cuts

University Hospital Sharjah has the facilities to match the best in the developed countries and is gearing up to further expand its medical services.



By Staff Reporter

Published: Tue 16 Jun 2015, 8:32 AM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 2:53 PM

Sharjah - University Hospital Sharjah (UHS) has added vascular surgery to the list of world class services that it offers to patients, under the supervision and consultation of leading doctors and experts in the UAE and internationally.

UHS has the facilities to match the best in the developed countries and is gearing up to further expand its medical services.

“The UHS has been successful in saving lives and improving the quality of life for many patients,” said consulting vascular surgeon at the UHS Dr Amit Kumar.

He advised patients to check their feet every day, or ask a family member to look at their feet, and report even a small cut to their primary care doctor.

The surgeon — who is also clinical assistant professor, surgery, Columbia University, New York — said, “A small wound can fester, and one thing leads to another.”

He cited the recent case of a 65-year-old-man, diagnosed with a bad infection of the foot and was told that the leg would have to be amputated below the knee. “We saved the foot and he is now walking around,” said Dr Kumar.

Diabetes is a rapidly spreading metabolic disease in the UAE and the globe. Healthcare authorities are alarmed at the advance of the disease that affects more than 1.7 million people in the UAE.

Dr Amit said every month he has 450 patient visits suffering from diabetes, stroke, DVT (deep vein thrombosis, or clot formation in the vein) and aneurysms (enlargement of the blood vessel). “DVT is another vascular disease that is severely undiagnosed,” said Dr Kumar. -reporters@khaleejtimes.com


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