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The problem

Patients with chronic diabetes or advanced vascular disease

can develop painful leg ulcers as a result of a narrowing

of the arteries. Even with treatment, 40 per cent of these

patients will need major amputation.

Diabetes affects almost 10% of the population of Ontario

and is on the rise. Already, there are more than


amputations per year in Ontario due to diabetes

, all of

which result in significant disability, decreased quality of

life and cost to both the patient and the health-care system.

With exploding rates of diabetes, the number of patients

suffering amputations is projected to increase by 50 per

cent over the next 20 years.

What is lacking in the care now available?

A combination of treatments is needed to prevent major

amputations: early recognition and co-ordinated treatment

with multiple types of therapy, including medications;

wound care; and potentially rebuilding damaged arteries

with stents or surgery.

Unfortunately, because these treatments are traditionally

delivered by a variety of specialists in different physical

locations at different times,

co-ordinating treatment and

getting the timing right is very


The result is unnecessary

admissions to hospital, or even

amputation. An enormous

burden falls on patients to self-

diagnose, research and manage

their own care.

Project Saving Legs:

Fundraising for the vascular and diabetic limb-saving centre

What is Sunnybrook’s solution?

Our vascular surgeons at Sunnybrook have already

achieved local, provincial and national recognition for

our work in this area. They are using minimally invasive

angioplasty to clear blockages and restore blood flow

to patients’ legs, saving their limbs and lives. With our

reputation for this procedure continuing to grow, demand

is far outstripping our capacity.

We aim to create a single outpatient centre in which

all testing, physician appointments and treatments will

occur. Our mission is to provide care that is complete,

innovative and convenient for patients to access. Our

centre will promote early detection and diagnosis of

wounds and aggressive treatments, to

reduce the rate of

amputation from 40 per cent to five per cent


Your support is critical, as we continue working with our

community andministry partners to build

Canada’s first

vascular and diabetic limb-saving centre


For more information, please contact:

Clare Olmstead

Advancement Director

Sunnybrook Foundation

Office: 416-480-6100, ext. 83639


To donate, visit an

d enter Project Saving Legs in the Comments section.

Dr. Guiseppe Papia performs angioplasty to clear a

blockage and save a patient from amputation.

Dr. Papia