Diabetic neuropathy is a common complication of diabetes. High blood sugar levels (hyperglycemia) can damage the nerves. Not every diabetic patient will develop nerve damage, while some may develop the condition early.
Why Choose MedStar Georgetown University Hospital to Treat Your Diabetic Neuropathy?
At Georgetown, our skilled surgeons are experts in diagnosing and treating diabetic neuropathy. We understand the importance of treating this condition quickly, in order to prevent permanent nerve damage. When possible, we use minimally invasive procedures so you have a quicker recovery, less chance of infection and a faster return to your daily activities. Learn more about peripheral nerve surgery for diabetic neuropathy.
Diagnosing Diabetic Neuropathy
Your doctor will perform a thorough physical examination, performing sensory tests to examine your nervous system. A common early finding is the absence of ankle reflexes. Your doctor may use a brush-like instrument called a monofilament to test for loss of sensation in your feet.
Diabetic Neuropathy Treatment
The goals of treating diabetic neuropathy are to prevent the disease from getting worse and to reduce the symptoms of the disease. First, it is crucial to be in control of your blood sugar level to keep problems from getting worse.
Medications may be used to reduce symptoms in the feet, legs and arms.
Peripheral Nerve Surgery for Diabetic Neuropathy
Sometimes, diabetic patients may be candidates for peripheral nerve surgery. If the symptoms continue along known compression nerve sites and worsen despite medication or other treatments, nerve surgery can help if done early and can prevent permanent nerve damage. Learn more about nerve decompression surgery.