Dr. Jacoby recalls how much it costs to treat diabetic patients and explains how he has been able to prevent diabetic amputations.
The cost in treating diabetics and diabetic amputations is approaching three billion dollars a year in the United States. It’s a devastating disease. We are approaching about $40,000 per incident and as our population ages, which it is doing rapidly, this number is going to go up astronomically, and with the reimbursement rates coming down we are not going to be able to find enough doctors to take care of this problem.
Well the fact that we haven’t had an amputation, my personally, in the last ten years since I have been trained in the Dellon technique is very gratifying. Now it doesn’t mean that won’t happen one day because what we don’t know is how long will this process keep diabetics away from the amputation. What we do know, at least in my experience, has been ten years, and that’s quite a phenomenal change in the current paradigm.
There are about 350 doctors in the United States, or actually around the world, who have been trained by Dr. Dellon, and my results are very similar to his results and everybody he has trained.
About Dr. Richard Jacoby, D.P.M.:
Dr. Richard Jacoby, D.P.M., graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine. He completed his residency at Parkview Hospital, Philadelphia, specializing in foot and ankle surgery. Board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Foot and Ankle Surgeons, he is currently president of Valley Foot Surgeons in Scottsdale, Arizona. In addition, Dr. Jacoby is chairman of the board of Healthcare Networks of America.
Dr. Jacoby has been named the 2010 President of The Association of Extremity Nerve Surgeons.