This week, the Shaare Zedek Medical Center dedicated a new Diabetic Foot Clinic that will operate under the auspices of the Orthopedic Department.
Diabetic Foot is an infection, ulcer or deep tissue degeneration in the diabetic patient’s lower limbs. It is a common problem severely affecting the patient’s quality of life and, at the same time, a significant obstacle in treating the disease. Diabetic foot wounds cause damage in daily functioning, disability, severe illness and in some extreme cases, even amputation and death.
The clinic was established by Dr. Matityahu Nof, one of the top specialists in this field, who has recently joined Shaare Zedek. As he says, “Treating this disease demands teamwork and multi-disciplinary cooperation. The clinic will partner with the Plastic Surgery, Vascular Surgery and Endocrinology departments, alongside nurses expert in treating wounds, a social worker, nutritionists and physiotherapists.”
Clinic staff includes Dr. Nahum Greenberg, a senior orthopedic surgeon, who explains that “Treatment of diabetic foot includes infection treatment, debridements and operations as well as guidance and advice for patients how to avoid infections and complications...”
“…Diabetes is a common chronic disease which places a heavy responsibility on the health system. Like the rest of the world, diabetes in Israel is on a consistent rise. In 2011, it was the 4th most common cause of death, and 5.4% of all cases (2,196 deaths), were attributed to the disease. 10% of the population has diabetes, and about 30% of them will develop Diabetes Foot sooner or later.” The estimate is that approximately 50% of all lower limb amputations are connected to diabetes.
Minister of Health, Rabbi Yaakov Litzman MK, who was the guest of honor at the opening ceremony, said the new clinic is another stage in cementing Shaare Zedek’s reputation as a “Super” hospital, of vital importance to residents of Jerusalem and the surrounding areas. Similarly, he said he was confident that the new clinic will operate with medical excellence and provide top service, as Shaare Zedek always does, as we see in all of the hospital’s departments.