War on diabetes: An inside look

War on diabetes: Amputation of limbs regarded as a last resort

Doctors try new ways to improve diabetics' blood circulation, help wounds heal better

Amputation among diabetics is increasingly becoming a last resort, as doctors find new ways of saving patients' legs.
Amputation among diabetics is increasingly becoming a last resort, as doctors find new ways of saving patients' legs. PHOTO: ST FILE

Orthopaedic surgeon Chee Yu Han tries to save the limbs of every patient who ends up on his operating table, but that is not always possible.

This is especially the case for people with diabetes, who run a higher risk of having a small foot blister develop into an infected wound.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 07, 2018, with the headline 'Amputation of limbs regarded as a last resort'. Subscribe