Experts At DFCon 2010 To Combat ‘Amputation Tsunami’

David G. Armstrong DPM MD PhD

With an amputation performed every 30 seconds due to diabetes-related complications we are dealing with a worldwide amputation tsunami. The Diabetic Foot Global Conference (DFCon 2010) serves as something of an early warning system for doctors worldwide.

DFCon 2010 takes place later this week (March 18 to 20) at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles. My co-organizers and I are expecting strong attendance and participation at our eighth annual conference. About 1,000 delegates from all 50 states and over 40 foreign countries, along with more than 70 corporate exhibitors, are expected to appear.

Participants benefit from education on the latest treatments and technologies in diabetic foot care from more than 40 distinguished international faculty. Lectures range from “HBOT: What is the Evidence?” by Jan Apelqvist, MD, PhD to “To TMA or Not To TMA? Steps To A Functional Foot” by Robert Frykberg, DPM, MPH. Other lectures include “Micrografting to Mcrohealing” by Elof Eriksson, MD, PhD, and the 2010 update of “Drugs For Bugs” by Warren S. Joseph, DPM.

Dr. Joseph, the editor of the Journal of the American Podiatric Association, is the conference’s 2010 honoree for the Edward James Olmos Award for Amputation Prevention.

We consider DFCon the premier international, interdisciplinary diabetic foot conference.

“The World Health Organization says that up to 85 percent of amputations are preventable. The education program at DFCon is aimed at helping clinicians achieve that goal,” says co-chairman George Andros, MD, a vascular surgeon.

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