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Do trauma patients with diabetes have higher complication risks?

Conditions associated with diabetes can put you at a higher risk of complications. This is especially true if you are a trauma patient who has just undergone surgery. Because the disease affects blood circulation, diabetic patients have a more difficult time fighting off infection. As a result, they remain in the hospital longer and require more aggressive antibiotics. Strict guidelines must be put in place for managing glucose levels that can otherwise cause additional problems. Other risk factors include how advanced the patient’s condition is, and if they are suffering from peripheral vascular disease, a blood flow problem often associated with diabetes. Extra care must be taken of diabetic trauma patients to nullify these complication risks.

If you would like more information or have any questions, contact Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS or Dr. Shine John DPM, FACFAS at (512) 328-8900. You can also visit Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists in Austin, TX, or find us online.

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Dr. Shine John, DPM, FACFAS
Podiatric Physician, Surgeon, Specialist at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists