Preparing for surgery when you have diabetes

You may need surgery for a diabetes related condition. Or, you may need surgery for a medical problem that is unrelated to your diabetes. Your diabetes may increase your risk for problems during or after your surgery, such as:

  • Infection after surgery (especially at the site of the surgery)
  • Healing more slowly
  • Fluid, electrolyte, and kidney problems
  • Heart problems
Monitoring blood glucose - series - Using a self-test meter

Set up the meter according to the specific directions that come with your meter. Get the supplies ready, including a new test strip and disposable lancet. Place the lancet into the lancing device.

Before Surgery

During Surgery

After Surgery

When to Call Your Doctor