Diabetes Complications Worsen Outcomes in Foot, Ankle Surgery

8275

By: Brenda Neugent

Complications from diabetes increase the risk of infection after foot or ankle surgery, according to the results of a new study.

Type 2 diabetes patients with complications including diabetic peripheral neuropathy or an A1C of 8 or higher were more likely to experience surgical site infections following foot or ankle surgery, researchers said.

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and regional colleagues compared the results of 2,060 surgical cases, including patients without diabetes and neuropathy, patients without diabetes but with neuropathy, diabetic patients with no complications and diabetics with at least one complication.

Of the cases, 3.1 percent developed surgical site infections, and the diabetic group with complications was 7.25 times more likely than the other three groups to develop infections.”Complicated diabetes increases the risk of surgical site infection after foot and ankle surgery,” researchers wrote. “Patients who had diabetes without complications did not have a greater risk of surgical site infection compared with nondiabetic patients without neuropathy. The presence of neuropathy increases the risk of surgical site infection even in patients without diabetes. Poor long-term glycemic control is also associated with an increased risk of surgical site infection.”

The study appeared in a recent issue of the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery.

Comments

comments

Diabetes Health Medical Disclaimer
The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images, and information, contained on or available through this website is for general information purposes only. Opinions expressed here are the opinions of writers, contributors, and commentators, and are not necessarily those of Diabetes Health. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website.