The London Clinic joins Kuwait Medica to advance diabetic foot treatment


Dr Nima Heidari of The London Clinic is part of a team seeking to raise awareness of a diabetes-related condition that, if left untreated, can lead to amputation

The London Clinic is attending Kuwait Medica (18-19 January 2023) for the first time this year. One of the clinic’s orthopaedic surgeons, Dr Nima Heidari, will be at the exhibition participating in a masterclass on the treatment and management of diabetic foot. He will be joined by fellow experts from Mubarak Hospital, Dasman Diabetes Institute and Mazaya Clinic in a collaboration that aims to give patients and clinicians a better understanding of the signs and symptoms of diabetic foot pathologies and the treatment options available.

Diabetes is a chronic disease that impacts 537 million people worldwide. Complications linked to the disease can lead to ‘diabetic foot’ – ulcers that do not heal, infection, deformity, pain and difficulty walking – which may require surgical removal (amputation) of the entire foot or part of the leg.

The London Clinic’s comprehensive diabetic foot service, which is led by Dr Heidari, brings together a highly skilled, multidisciplinary team of orthopaedic surgeons, vascular surgeons, physicians, radiologists, physiotherapists and nurses to support patients from the UK and overseas, including the most complex diabetic foot cases. Their aim is to provide holistic care for patients designed to preserve their feet, improve their quality of life, and increase their life longevity.

Dr Nima Heidari of The London Clinic with one of his patients

Dr Nima Heidari of The London Clinic with one of his patients

“Our diabetic foot service is about not just prolonging life but prolonging the quality of life,” said Dr Heidari. “We have brought together an entire unit of specialists under one roof. Through our combined expertise, we are ideally placed for preventative treatment – we can identify and resolve the problem before it gets to the point of amputation. I am proud to say the vast majority of our cases are preventative, but for those patients who come to us with advanced diabetic foot, The London Clinic is best placed to help.”

Kuwait is among the countries where diabetes is most prevalent. Ahmed Al Khamis, from Kuwait, has been in The London Clinic’s care since June 2022. He said: “I came to The London Clinic as I was diagnosed with Charcot’s foot, which came as a result of my long-term diabetes. Dr Nima Heidari needed to perform complex surgery followed by rehabilitation and attention from a diabetologist and renal physicians. If it wasn’t for the wonderful team at The London Clinic, my foot would have been amputated.

“I am very happy and satisfied at The London Clinic. I felt welcomed and I appreciate all the great work done by Dr Nima Heidari and the attention of the world-class team here. As an international patient, I feel very much at home here.”