WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., September 12, 2013--Diabetes is an increasingly common medical condition afflicting millions of people across the United States, says Neuro Alert. This debilitating disorder causes excess glucose (a type of sugar) to build up in the blood. Patients with diabetes are more susceptible to infection and run a higher risk of developing certain disorders, such as cardiovascular disease, peripheral artery disease, kidney damage, nerve damage (neuropathy), osteoporosis, hearing problems and other medical disabilities. In fact, these risks can be heightened, if a patient has been suffering from diabetes for an extended period of time.
Now, let's take a quick look at the statistical data provided by the American Diabetes Association.
- 25.8 million children and adults in the United States (over 8.3% of the population) have diabetes.
- Sadly, 7 million people are unaware that they are suffering from this debilitating disease.
- 1.9 million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed in people aged 20 yearsand older in 2010.
- Total costs of diagnosed diabetes - $245 billion.
Let's face it: The statistics above are quite staggering.
In addition, chronic complications caused by the disease may eventually increase the need for surgical intervention. It is important to know that diabetics may not only require a surgical procedure, but can also develop serious complications DURING surgery. Therefore, surgeons and anesthesiologists operating on diabetics, should familiarize themselves with all the potential risks associated with this disease and take all the necessary precautions to protect their patients.
Here are some of the risks diabetic patients may face during or after surgery:
- Poor or slow wound healing
- Infection (i.e. would infection, urinary tract infection, pneumonia, or an infection caused by a surgical incision)
- High blood glucose or low blood glucose
- Hyperglycemic hyperosmolar nonketotic coma (HHNKC) --a serious complication often occurring in those who are insulin-dependent. HHNKC is usually caused by elevated blood glucose levels.
How to alleviate risks during surgery:
Assuming that surgery is inevitable, every diabetic patient should know that a thorough pre-operative assessment is crucial for their safety and well-being. Comprehensive pre-operative evaluation combined with effective post-operative management may dramatically improve clinical outcomes.
Physicians should carefully review patient history, determine what the potential risks are, find ways to avoid complications and establish the safest method of administering anesthesia and conducting surgery. By taking all the necessary precautions, a patient will have the best chances for a successful operation.
How diabetics could benefit from Intraoperative Monitoring during surgery:
"All surgical patients, especially diabetics, should be aware that there are ways to avert potential risks to their nervous system and ensure a successful outcome," says Dr. T.V. Seshan, the founder and clinical director of Neuro Alert in White Plains, N.Y.- ahealthcare organization providing intraoperative neuromonitoring services for surgeons and hospitals across thecountry. "Neuromonitoring is a critical technical procedure that involves the use of electrophysiological methods to monitor nerves, spinal cord and certain parts of the brain. A lot of diabetic patients might benefit significantly from intraoperative monitoring and avoid potential damages or disability during surgery."
Neuromonitoring has emerged as a powerful tool to detect, treat or prevent accidental injuries during surgery. This sophisticated state-of-the-art tool saves lives and continues to gain popularity among surgeons of all specialties.
Neuro Alert is a physician-owned and operated company providing intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring (IONM) services for surgeons and hospitals since 2006. The fast-growing White Plains, N.Y.-based organization was founded by Dr. T.V. Seshan--a renowned physician, specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation who has been actively involved in intraoperative monitoring over the course of thirty years. The simple yet crucial neuromonitoring procedures, offered by Neuro Alert, are set up to detect any neurological deficits during major surgeries, allowing surgeons to gain instant feedback about their patient's condition and avert potential adverse effects. Neuro Alert consists of a team of experienced and highly-skilled physicians and technical professionals who work together to enhance treatment precision, reduce physician liability, and ensure patient safety. For more information about Neuro Alert, please visit: http://neuroalert.com/or call (888) 787-6267.