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Diabetic Foot Clinic Opens

roman liberzonA “diabetic foot” clinic has just opened at Laniado Hospital’s Gabriel Cabra Bildirici Diabetes Center. Headed by orthopedic specialist Dr. Roman Liebersohn, the clinic offers a holistic response to the range of issues facing diabetics. In addition to medical treatment as well as rinsing and suction of the wound, and cutting out the necrosis and closing the edges of the wound to speed up recovery, the clinic offers services such as: consultation with a dietician, stabilizing blood sugar level by an endocrinologist, consultation with an infectious disease specialist if the wound becomes infected and more. "We provide comprehensive care under one roof, without long waiting times for various experts,” says Dr. Liebersohn.

Diabetic foot is one of the most common problems suffered by diabetics. Foot amputations take place every 30 seconds worldwide. In the United States alone, the number of amputations is about 80,000 annually. In Israel, 6% of the population is afflicted with diabetes and 6% (a total of 20,000 people) suffer from diabetic foot.

Diabetes affects the blood supply and metabolism, consequently the nerve tissue becomes impaired. The nerve tissue, which is farthest from the center of the body, is affected first. Dr. Liebersohn notes that many patients are not aware of the damage in the foot because the sense of feeling is impaired. “Patients with a very advanced-stage wound often arrive at the emergency room and then treatment becomes even more complicated”, says Dr. Liebersohn.