The Journal of Arthroplasty , Volume 33 , Issue 7 , S76 - S80

Preoperative Glycemic Control Predicts Perioperative Serum Glucose Levels in Patients Undergoing Total Joint Arthroplasty

Godshaw, Brian M. et al.
Hip Knee


Diabetic patients undergoing total joint arthroplasty (TJA) with postoperative hyperglycemia >200 mg/dL have increased the risk of prosthetic joint infection (PJI). We investigated the correlation between preoperative hemoglobin A1c (A1c) and postoperative hyperglycemia in diabetic patients undergoing TJA.


A retrospective review of 773 diabetic patients undergoing TJA was conducted. A Youden’s J computational analysis determined the A1c where postoperative glucose levels >200 mg/dL were statistically more likely. Patients were then stratified into 3 groups: A1c <7%, A1c 7.0-8.0%, and A1c >8.0%. Outcomes included the highest postoperative in-hospital serum glucose level and PJI.


We determined an A1c >7.45% resulted in a greater chance of postoperative hyperglycemia >200 mg/dL. Average postoperative serum glucose increased with A1c (A1c < 7 = 167 mg/dL, A1c 7.0-8.0 = 240 mg/dL, and A1c > 8 = 276 mg/dL, P < .0001). PJI did not statistically increase with A1c (2.25%, 1.99%, and 4.55%, respectively, P = .4319).


Preoperative hemoglobin A1c levels correlate with postoperative glucose levels. We recommend using an A1c cutoff of 7.45% for patients undergoing TJA and suggest that caution should be exercised in patients with elevated A1c levels undergoing TJA.

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