Preparation for any type of surgery when you're diabetic

By Gabs123 Latest Reply 2017-06-07 17:52:59 -0500
Started 2017-06-06 07:52:52 -0500

If you are diabetic, do you manage your diabetes any differently leading up to any type of surgery?

9 replies

cmr55 2017-06-07 17:52:59 -0500 Report

Before having surgery I made sure I ate low carb exercise to keep BS in normal range. It worked and was not put on insulin. Prior to surgery they had me stop taking metformin. Hope that helped

Type1Lou 2017-06-06 16:03:13 -0500 Report

I haven't been hospitalized since 2010, before I started my insulin pump in 2011. I have had several day-surgery procedures done along with a colonospcopy and I was allowed to keep my insulin pump on during all of them. I'll be having some hand surgery in late July for Dupuytren's contracture but that is day surgery too. You usually have to fast the night before the procedure. If you are prone to hypoglycemia, you may wish to ask your doctor for guidance about avoiding the low BG's while fasting.

suecsdy 2017-06-06 13:18:58 -0500 Report

I try to be extra careful with my diet and try to eat less in the few days right before. Other than that, nope.

Luis65 2017-06-06 12:19:44 -0500 Report

I try to get in very good control. And then, then I get on my knees praying that the hospital does not cause my BG to get out of control. That happened to me and to others. They don't allow patients to do their own medication and diet and so it goes. My BG was running 190 to 250 during my hospital stay.

NewSong53 2017-06-06 18:46:14 -0500 Report

I know what you mean! Last year I had emergency surgery due to a kidney stone blockage and severe kidney infection, etc. (nearly died). Anyway, because I hadn't been able to eat or drink for a couple of days before admission, they put me on a continuous IV. Near the end of my 1 month hospital stay a new, more experienced nurse asked me how long it had been in me — not fun dragging it around everywhere I went. She was shocked and said she would talk to the doctor about it. She said he replied, "That thing's still IN her?!!!!" and made an order to have it taken out. Turns out that was the reason that — no matter what — they couldn't control my BG levels, despite the fact that I barely ate. Had to laugh. She said a lot of times it's the nurse who has to bring it to their attention because the doctor moves on and forgets to follow up on details like that.