Understanding Osteoarthritis & Diabetes: Navigating Risks and Advancements

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India is grappling with a major health crisis that has been on the rise in recent times, affecting millions of its citizens. According to a study published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, India is currently facing a significant surge in the prevalence of diabetes and prediabetes, with around 101 million people (11.4% of India's population) living with diabetes and another 136 million people (15.3% of the population) in the prediabetes stages.

How safe is joint replacement for diabetic patients suffering from osteoarthritis

With several myths and confusions floating around regarding joint replacements among diabetic patients such as increased odds of surgical and systemic complications, higher mortality, and increased length of stay, Dr. R. Jayakumar, Kavya Ortho Centre, Coimbatore, said “When done cautiously and precisely, joint replacement surgery may be both safe and significant for individuals with diabetes. As uncontrolled diabetes can result in problems, it is critical to maintain proper blood sugar management. A comprehensive preoperative assessment helps in determining any diabetes-related problems. Special attention is provided for patients with additional comorbidities. A robotic joint replacement can be particularly beneficial for diabetic patients, as it can help minimize surgical trauma, reduce the risk of complications, and potentially lead to faster healing. A customized treatment strategy can lead to successful outcomes for diabetic individuals having joint replacement surgery, providing relief from crippling joint pain and providing an enhanced quality of life. ”

‘Treatment zaroori hai’ Treatment is necessary because joint pain can worsen with each passing moment. In every case or condition, it is important to consider the right treatment options as timely intervention could provide relief and improve joint function. The decision to undergo this type of surgery should be made in consultation with a healthcare provider who can assess the patient's overall health, the severity of their knee condition, and the potential benefits and risks associated with the procedure. 


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