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
vascular and diabetic limb-saving centre
For more information, please contact:
Office: 416-480-6100, ext. 83639
To donate, visithttps://donate.sunnybrook.ca 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.