Diabetes Complicates Ankle Surgery

OCTOBER 01, 2005

Patients with diabetes are more likely to have complications when they break bones, specifically ankles, requiring surgery, according to the findings of a study reported in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (August 1, 2005). For the study, the researchers reviewed >160,000 operations performed on ankle-fracture patients from 1988 to 2000, and of those patients 5% had diabetes. The results of the study indicated that, regardless of the severity of the fracture, the patients with diabetes were more likely to experience complications after surgery, compared with other patients. The patients with diabetes required an extra day of hospitalization and, furthermore, incurred higher medical costs.