What will I experience if I am scheduled for surgery and have diabetes?


If you have diabetes and are having surgery, your experience will include:

  • The surgeon will meet with you at least once before your operation to explain the surgery and what to ex­pect afterward. It’s a good idea to have a list of questions ready.
  • The anesthesiologist, who administers the anesthesia to keep you pain free and manages your insulin drip during surgery, will also visit you to tell you what to expect and, sometimes, to offer alternatives.
  • The nurses caring for you will also be able to answer questions or address concerns you may have.
  • After the operation, don’t hesitate to ask for medication for pain or nausea. Short term use of these medications does not affect blood glucose levels.
  • You may want a second opinion when a provider recommends surgery. Some insurance companies require second opinions.


Continue Learning about Diabetes


Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes ...

is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.

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