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Study finds diabetes does not increase risk of total knee surgical complications
Date:2/28/2013

ent of patients who did experience adverse outcomes in the year after surgery, 27.1 percent were rehospitalized for any reason, 1.1 percent underwent follow-up surgery, 1 percent had a heart attack, 0.7 percent developed a deep infection while 0.5 percent had blood clots in the legs and lungs within the first 90 days after surgery.

"While this study puts us one step closer to understanding diabetes-related complications associated with surgical procedures, more research is needed to determine what aspects of diabetes are associated with adverse outcomes," said Robert Namba, MD, Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Kaiser Permanente Southern California. "It is important to note that patients with diabetes remain at high risk of a number of poor health outcomes affecting many organ systems and clinicians should continue to review all available information about the overall health and stability of these vulnerable patients."

The study was sponsored by Kaiser Permanente's Center for Effectiveness and Safety Research, The Center facilitates inter-regional research conducted by the research programs in each of Kaiser Permanente's eight regions (Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Mid-Atlantic States, Northern California, Northwest, Ohio, and Southern California). Through investments in infrastructure and specific projects, the center takes advantage of Kaiser Permanente's talented research teams, rich data assets, and integrated delivery system to contribute to the knowledge base in comparative effectiveness and safety.

"This work illustrates how Kaiser Permanente is realizing the promise of a learning healthcare organization," said Elizabeth McGlynn, PhD, director of the Center for Effectiveness and Safety Research. "We are bringing together our clinical leaders and the Kaiser Permanente research community to answer questions that are critical for ensuring high-quality patient care."

The study was conducted using the Kaiser Permanente Total
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