Treatment of Diabetic Foot Osteomyelitis; Antibiotics Versus Conservative Surgery

  • AsadUllah Alam Combined Military Hospital Skardu/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Pakistan
  • Anas Bin Saif Frontier Corpes Kotli, Azad Kashmir, Pakistan
  • Adnan Aqil Khan Combined Military Hospital Muree/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Pakistan
  • Kashif Khan Frontier Corps Kahutta, Pakistan
  • Shahzad Ahmed Abbasi Combined Military Hospital Multan/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Pakistan
  • Mansoor Tariq Pak Emirate Military Hospital National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi Pakistan
Keywords: Antibiotics, Conservative surgery, Diabetic foot, Osteomyelitis


Objective: To assess the outcome in patients with diabetic foot osteomyelitis being treated with antibiotics alone with those being treated with antibiotics coupled with conservative surgery.

Study Design: Quasi-experimental study.

Place and Duration of Study: Combined Military Hospital, Rawalpindi from Feb to Aug 2016.

Methodology: Sixty patients with diabetic foot osteomyelitis, fulfilling inclusion criteria, were included in this study. They were divided into two groups of 30 each. The "Antibiotic-Group” received only antibiotics while, the "Surgical-Group" underwent surgery in addition to antibiotics.

Results: There were 37 males (61.66%) and 23 females (38.33%). The average age of patients was 59.72±9.79 years. 20 patients (66.67%) had full recovery in the Surgical-Group, and in the Antibiotics-Group, 18 patients (60%) had healed wounds (pvalue=0.599)

Conclusion: The outcome of antibiotics only and conservative surgery plus antibiotics is similar.


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Alam, A., Saif, A., Khan, A., Khan, K., Abbasi, S., & Tariq, M. (2023). Treatment of Diabetic Foot Osteomyelitis; Antibiotics Versus Conservative Surgery. Pakistan Armed Forces Medical Journal, 73(2), 386-89.
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