How Does Diabetes Impact Surgery Results?

Diabetes can impact surgical results in the following ways:

  • Delayed Healing – Diabetes can cause delayed wound healing, which can increase the risk of infection and other complications.
  • Increased Risk of Infection – Diabetes can weaken the immune system, making it more difficult for the body to fight off infections after surgery.

People with diabetes may also have other medical conditions such as high blood pressure, kidney disease, or heart disease that can increase the risk of surgical complications.

Please note that it is absolutely possible for a patient with diabetes to have a safe and uneventful surgery. Well-controlled diabetes is far less likely to lead to complications than poorly controlled diabetes, making the extra effort to keep glucose levels in line well worth the effort. Therefore, it is important for people with diabetes to work closely with their healthcare team before and after surgery to manage their condition and reduce the risk of complications. This may involve adjustments to medication, blood sugar monitoring, and other interventions to optimize blood sugar control and minimize the risk of surgical complications.

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