Or a better title may very well be: When You’re Blue and Suddenly Bionic, too! This post technically falls under the My T1 Diary category, but information on diabetes as it relates to hip replacement surgery is too important not to Pass it On. Your Blue Crusader is now the Bionic Blue Crusader. My type one diabetes has not changed, but your Bonnie now has a brand new hip.
Unlike most, I did not have the opportunity to do a bit of homework before the surgery. Not more than two weeks following my ankle debacle, I fell again. This time, I could not get up and was rushed to the hospital. Luckily, I did have a copy of my emergency room tips posted in my home and in my purse (download and share these tips here). The next thing I knew, I was in the recovery room with a new hip.
I am on rehab road and have had a few hick-ups. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, type ones are at a significantly elevated risk of systemic and surgical events during their hospital stay. [Source: MedPage Today] That has certainly been my case, and I will keep you posted.
If you have the luxury of research time and what the experts call PreHab, taking action before surgery, below you will find a few articles to jump-start the journey. Keeping your diabetes in check before and after hip replacement surgery will help you recover faster and better.
If you’re living with diabetes, you know better than anyone that your rulebook for general health is different than most. To add another layer to your health management puzzle, chances are you’ve found this post because you’re a diabetic preparing for a hip replacement or knee replacement or are trying to decide when the right time for a joint replacement is.
While people with diabetes have a generally higher risk of cardiac problems than those without this condition, the increase in risk for cardiac complications with major surgery is quite low-and there may be no increase at all with good care.
SAN FRANCISCO, March 10 — Diabetes may signal a rocky recovery from hip and knee arthroplasty by increasing perioperative complications, researchers found in an analysis of hundreds of thousands of procedures. Arthroplasty patients with diabetes, particularly those with type 1 disease, were at a significantly elevated risk of systemic and surgical events during their hospital stay, reported Milford H.
Do you have any tips or experiences to share about type one diabetes and hip replacement? Feel free to comment. In the meantime, may your A1Cs be low and your resilience high.