Revision Total Knee Replacement: Getting the Facts 

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about revision total knee replacement.

Myth or Truth? Does having diabetes affect surgery outcomes?

Dr. Matthew Lawless explains how diabetes affects surgery outcomes. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Some studies have suggested that diabetes patients experience less favorable outcomes after knee replacement surgery, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH)Off Site Icon. The outcomes were in similar in both insulin-dependent diabetics and non-insulin-dependent diabetics, according to the NIH.

There is a higher risk of post-surgical complications in diabetics who have knee replacement surgery, according to the Arthritis Foundation (AF)Off Site Icon. Complications may include blood clotting, fracture around the implant, loosening of the joint, stroke, and wound infection, according to the AF.

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Source: Richard Davis II, MD, Premier Orthopedics; National Institutes of Health; American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; National Institutes of Health