Current statistics show that nearly 8 percent of the U.S. population has been diagnosed with Diabetes. An estimated seven million people do not even know they have this disease. One of the biggest risks is surgery as 25 percent of diabetic patients will require surgery at some point in their lives. Complications and mortality in diabetic patients is five times more likely than individuals without diabetes. Because of these statistics, it is extremely important that diabetic patients understand how to manage their care prior to surgery. Here are some suggestions for perioperative management for diabetic patients.

  • Undergo an assessment prior to surgery.
    Talk with your doctor and surgeon about risk factors so they can account for them in the post-operative treatment. This should include not only the health history with the disease but also your current lifestyle habits such as nutrition and exercise. Talk to the surgeon about additional medications that are not related to diabetes. Everything that can affect your surgery and recovery should be discussed.
  • Evaluate the medications and potential complications.
    Often times, diabetic patients are asked to discontinue or reduce the use of their medications prior to surgery. These medications can be administered under the doctor’s care as part of the pre- and post-operative treatment and care. Talk with the doctor overseeing your diabetic treatment, as well as the anesthesiologist, prior to  surgery to understand exactly what to do before you check into the hospital.
  • Know the risks.
    Talk to the doctor and surgeon about the possible risks and conditions that diabetic patients can face during and after surgery. These may include stroke, increased infection rates, longer healing times, and greater risk for disorientation and delirium. There are several medical considerations to take into account which can prevent or reduce the possibility of these issues after surgery. They can include anything from medication control to limited exposure to bright hospital lights. Your doctor and surgeon can discuss these with you prior to your procedure.

Are you concerned about managing your diabetes before, during, and after surgery? Contact the team at Fortus Healthcare Resources to find out more!

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