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Blood Sugar Control

If you have diabetes, you know how important good blood sugar control is. Your surgeon needs to know what your recent blood sugar test results have been. On the day of your operation, your surgeon should check your blood sugar before your operation.

Having surgery puts stress on your body and stress can affect your blood sugar level. Blood sugar that is too high or too low can cause serious problems. Keeping blood sugar in control before, during, and after your operation will reduce your risk of infection in your incision and will help you heal better.

Even if you haven’t been told you have diabetes, your surgeon may want to check your blood sugar. Many people have high blood sugar and don’t know it.