Recent Academics



November 2017
Invited Guest Speaker at the Association of Diabetic Foot Surgeons Meeting, Venice


November 2017
Invited Guest Speaker at Singapore Orthopaedic Association Annual Conference, Singapore


October 2017
Invited Guest Speaker at the Indian Arthroplasty Association Annual Conference, Kolkata India


October 2017
Invited Guest Speaker at the European and International Foot and Ankle Conference, Portugal


September 2017
Invited Guest Speaker at the European Orthopaedic Research Society Conference, Munich


July 2017
Invited Guest Speaker at King’s Yale Combined Diabetic Foot Symposium, Bangkok


June/July 2017
Convener for the King’s Multidisciplinary and Surgical Management of Charcot Foot Symposium and Cadaver Lab Workshop, London


March 2017
Faculty at the British Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society Principles Course, Kent


December 2016
Eponymous Lecture at the Indian Orthopaedic Association Annual Conference- Hip Arthroscopy and Hip Arthroplasty, Kerala, India


September 2016
Invited Guest Speaker at the Association of Diabetic Foot Surgeons Meeting, Stuttgart


June/July 2016
Convener for the King’s Multidisciplinary and Surgical Management of Charcot Foot Symposium and Cadaver Lab Workshop, London


April 2016
Invited Guest Speaker at Charing Cross International Diabetic Foot Meeting, London- Ischemic Charcot Foot Reconstruction


Febuary2016
Invited Guest Speaker at the North Indian States Orthopaedic Conference, Chandigarh, India- Hip Arthroscopy, Revision Hip Arthroplasty
 

Hospital Doctor Awards 2007 Diabetes Winners:

Consultant Diabetologist:
Prof. Michael Edmonds

Orthopaedic surgeon:
Mr Venu Kavarthapu

Vascular surgeon:
Mr Hisham Rashid and Team




Diabetic Foot Service

The diabetic foot is one of the most devastating complications of diabetes: progression is rapid and quickly reaches a 'point of no return'. The clinic faced ever-increasing severe presentations, especially from poor blood supply, infection and bone destruction. Prof. Edmonds said: 'There was no particular problem with the service but we wanted to go one step further for our patients.'

Action Taken

The diabetic foot clinic - which sees 6,000 patients per year - aims to provide rapid multidisciplinary treatment for patients with active foot problems and then to follow them up to prevent recurrence.
It operates throughout the working week, providing open access for people with urgent foot problems, and briefs A&E to cover out-of-hours. The team aims to provide a one-stop diagnosis and treatment service and has developed several innovations on top of the foot clinic, including a joint vascular fast-track service, joint orthopaedic clinics, painful neuropathy clinics and patient group directions for prescribing antibiotics.
The diabetic foot practitioners have developed a vacuum assisted closure therapy service for large postoperative diabetic foot wounds. To facilitate early discharge, patients continue therapy at home, led by community nurses who been trained by the diabetic foot practitioners.

Achievements

  • The team has received two King's College Hospital commendation awards for outstanding contribution to patient care.
  • Fifty per cent reduction in major amputations and subsequently almost no major amputations of neuropathic feet.
  • Modern techniques to revascularise ischaemic legs and active management of early infection have further reduced major amputations of the diabetic ischaemic foot by 50%.


Meet the Team

Consultant diabetologist: Prof. Michael Edmonds; Orthopaedic surgeon: Mr Venu Kavarthapu; Vascular surgeon: Mr Hisham Rashid; Radiologist: Dr Paul Sidhu; Podiatrists: Maureen Bates and Tim Jemmott; Diabetic foot practitioners:
Elizabeth Pendry and Melanie Doxford;


Judges Comments

'Dr Edmonds leads a most impressive multidisciplinary team for the management of patients with diabetic foot problems. They have influenced the management of foot disease both locally and nationally'