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Is there a higher risk of surgical complications if I have diabetes?

Patients with diabetes are at a higher risk of complications during and after a surgical procedure, but many such patients undergo successful surgery every day. Assuming that your surgery is necessary, it is most important that your surgeon and your diabetes doctor work together before the surgery is performed to prevent problems.

You should have a thorough medical checkup of your heart and kidneys, and you should make sure that your blood glucose control is good over the weeks prior to surgery. You should also be sure that you have had plenty of fluids to drink before reporting to the hospital. During the surgery, your doctors may control your blood glucose with intravenous insulin and glucose. Your diabetes doctor may even wish to be present during the surgery. After surgery, tight blood glucose control helps you reduce the risk of postoperative infections. By taking these precautions, you will have the best chances for a successful operation.

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