Surprising and Unsurprising Findings Involving Hemoglobin A1c Levels and Spine Surgery

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This one is simultaneously unsurprising and surprising, and it’s useful. A systematic review of over 20 articles in spine surgery — about 20,000 patients’ data — found that patients who had diabetes and a hemoglobin A1c level of over 8% were more likely to have complications after surgery, and those who developed surgical site infections in particular had higher hemoglobin A1c levels than those who did not.

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