Title

Addressing Psychosocial Aspects of Care for Patients with Diabetes Undergoing Limb Salvage Surgery.

Publication/Presentation Date

7-1-2007

Abstract

Surgeons provide a key role in improving the life of patients with diabetes-related foot complications who undergo limb salvage surgery as an alternative to amputation. An integrated multidisciplinary approach is essential to improve the emotional well-being of these patients to avoid potential complications that may prolong their convalescence and further degrade their psychosocial welfare. The authors attempt to increase awareness of critical preoperative risk factors that should be obtained by a thorough comprehensive psychosocial evaluation. In addition, this article discusses how to interact with the patient and his or her family throughout the perioperative period, assisting the patient in managing psychosocially and increasing the likelihood of an optimal outcome.

Volume

24

Issue

3

First Page

601

Last Page

610

ISSN

0891-8422

Disciplines

Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism | Other Medical Specialties | Podiatry | Surgery

PubMedID

17613394

Department(s)

Department of Surgery

Document Type

Article