According to WHO, there are more than one million amputations performed every year, with up to 70% of these amputations related to diabetes. Moreover, as per other estimates, below the knee amputations are the most common, representing 71% of dysvascular amputations.
Given these statistics, leading doctors at the launch emphasized on the need for adopting Drug-Coated Balloon (DCB) technique for treating Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) which can help patients save their limbs and avoid major amputation.
The discussion was headed by Dr Sven Braunlich, a senior physician from the University Hospital Leipzig, Germany. Dr. Dhanesh Kamerkar, Head- Department of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, Ruby Hall Clinic, Pune was also present at this discussion along with other doctors.
PAD is the narrowing of the peripheral arteries which causes reduced blood flow to the legs, stomach, arms and head. This reduced blood flow results in severe conditions and if not treated at an early stage results in the surgical removal of the limb i.e. amputation.
Thus, doctors recommend below the knee surgeries like Drug-Coated Balloon which have proven to be effective in treating this condition.
Dr Sven Braunlich, Senior Physician, Division of Interventional Angiology, University Hospital Leipzig, Germany said, “The most common form of Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is diabetic foot. Due to uncontrolled diabetes and poor blood flow, patients develop infection, ulcer in the leg or foot. If left untreated, it can result in amputation of limb.”
He further informed, “The need of the hour is the adoption of Drug-Coated Balloon (DCB) technique which is an interventional technology to prevent the abnormal narrowing of arteries and prohibit cell division and limits the risk of blockage re-growth after treatment. As a healthcare professional, I regularly see such cases and prefer this technique due to its ease of use.”
PAD is most common with patients suffering from diabetes and they show extreme pain usually in leg while walking.
Dr Dhanesh Kamerkar, Head- Department of Vascular & Endovascular Surgery, Ruby Hall Clinic, Pune stated, “India is seeing an alarming increase in diabetes and there has been a significant upsurge in the number of patients suffering from diabetic foot. Drug-Coated Balloon technique has been a welcome move in India and has shown favourable results in treating patients. Initiatives like ‘Love Your Limbs’ campaign is extremely important to educate people on the need for correct and timely treatment that can help them save their limbs.”
Ruby Hall Clinic has a specialised team under ‘Toe and Flow’ clinic which includes vascular surgeons, diabetologists, orthopaedics and prosthetists to ensure customised wholesome care for diabetic patients with diabetic foot.
The healthcare specialists also threw light on the successful patient case studies whom have undergone Drug-Coated Balloon technique.