Diabetic limb ischaemia: Is there an optimum approach?

Outcomes differ according to whether a surgical or endovascular approach is used, researchers say

In people with diabetes and critical limb ischemia (CLI), surgical revascularisation leads to fewer major amputations but has higher in-hospital mortality than endovascular revascularisation, an observational study shows.

man with a below the knee amputation

Researchers analysed data for more than 1.2 million hospitalisations from the 2002-15 US National Inpatient Sample database.

Over the period, about one in three patients underwent revascularisation (either surgical or endovascular), hospitalisations and leg revascularisations increased, and