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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.

 

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