Raymond Yap (Cabrini Colorectal Fellow 2015) has recently published a research article examining the risks of diabetes on colorectal surgery outcomes.
The aim was to assess the impact of diabetes on perioperative colorectal cancer surgery outcomes. An overall analysis was conducted of 1725 patients, with 267 patients with diabetes. Diabetes contributed to medical, surgical complications and increased length of inpatient stay.
Results indicated that although the outcome of patients with diabetes was worse than patients without diabetes, this was not significant after adjusting for other factors, except for surgical complications. Patients with diabetes had significantly higher co-morbidities than patients without diabetes. It’s likely therefore, that the myriad of comorbidities that patients with diabetes have contributed more appreciably to their perioperative risk rather than the diabetes itself.
To download and read the open access article, click here.