Chennai, 7thAugust 2023:
On World Vascular Surgery Day, DrSekar Foundation and Kauvery Hospital Alwarpet are raising awareness to promote "Amputation Free Tamil Nadu." India, the diabetic capital of the world, has an estimated 101 million diabetics, with 6-7% developing vascular complications. Dr. N Sekar, Chief Vascular Surgeon at Kauvery Hospital Main, Alwarpet, emphasizes that foot surgery should not be done on diabetic patients without checking for vascularity. He explains that 85% of leg amputations are preceded by leg ulcers, and if the correct diagnosis is made, amputation can be avoided. Dr. Sekar explains that over 150 to 200 limbs have been saved every year in the last 35 years, including both open and endovascular surgeries.
Speaking on the occasion ThiruGagandeep Singh Bedi, IAS, Principal Secretary Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Tamil Nadu said , “ The main cause of Leg ulcers or gangrenes which eventually leads to an amputation is Diabetes. Basic lifestyle modifications like exercise, diet and avoiding tobacco, can help prevent diseases like Diabetes and Hypertension. I congratulate DrSekar and Kauvery hospital for kick starting this noble initiative, which can impact lives significantly.”
During the COVID pandemic, blood vessel blocks leading to gangrene and amputation were one of the most common complications. Dr. Sekar's Department of Vascular Surgery under Dr. Sekar's leadership worked round the clock to clear vessel blocks in over 100 patients, thus preventing amputation. Kauvery Hospital has been at the forefront in limb salvage and achieving "Amputation Free Tamil Nadu." The hospital also aims to create awareness among the public, reaching a wider population where limbs can be saved and people can lead a better quality of life.“We also strive to create this awareness among the public, thereby reaching a wider population, where limbs can be saved and people can lead a better quality of life,” says DrAravindanSelvaraj, Co Founder and Executive Director Kauvery Hospitals.