Dr. Jacoby describes the Association of Extremity Nerve Surgeons and explains what they do.
The Association of Extremity Nerve Surgeons is, our mission statement is to spread Dr. Dellon’s word for the most part. In addition to that, we want to take his concepts and precepts to a higher level. We are doing research to look into the causes more precisely as to why diabetic neuropathy comes about, and we are also trying to get this word out to other doctors.
I might also add the Extremity Nerve Surgeon Group is not just dealing with diabetes. There’s many reasons for compression neuropathies. One of the areas that we are looking into right now is leprosy. Leprosy causes compression neuropathy. That’s why people lose their legs and hands from leprosy, not because of the organism that causes the change in the skin, but the organism gets inside the nerve sheath, and when it gets to an area of anatomic compression, then the loss of feeling–gangrene, loss of limb.
Dr. Dellon is the one who has brought that to our attention. We have a mission to Ecuador that we do each year to treat these people. There’s 400,000 new cases of leprosy a year in the world, by the way, and there is two leper places in the United States–one in San Francisco and one in New Orleans.
Leprosy has not been wiped out, and we can help those patients. We can help patients also with lots of other diseases. Charcot-Marie-Tooth is a hereditary disease; I am working on that as a treatment that we use Dr. Dellon’s precepts with as well. But we want to look at not only the surgical aspect of this from our association but from the biochemical aspects, diet, exercise–all the things that make up the problems with nerves.
About Dr. 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.