Diabetes and Laparoscopic Surgery
If you have diabetes and laparoscopic surgery has been recommended to you, it is important to know the signs of abnormal blood sugar levels. Possible symptoms of low or high blood sugar levels include weakness, extreme thirst, and infections that don't go away. If you have diabetes, let your healthcare provider know if you experience any of these symptoms after laparoscopic surgery.
As a person with diabetes, your risks for complications related to laparoscopic surgery are higher. Although problems don't happen often, it's more likely for you to have infections or to take longer to recover.
For these reasons, it's important for you to go to all of your follow-up appointments after the laparoscopic surgery. You should also call your healthcare providers if you have any of the symptoms of high or low blood sugar, or symptoms of possible complications.
Infections can be a serious problem, especially for people with diabetes. If your healthcare provider thinks you might have an infection, you may need medicine and treatment immediately.
Because there are risks associated with laparoscopic surgery, you should talk to your healthcare team if something doesn't feel right.
Because you have diabetes, you probably know a lot about the signs and symptoms that go along with abnormal blood sugar levels.
These can include:
- Difficulty with your vision
- Shortness of breath
- Feeling slow or tired
- Not getting better from a cold or flu
- Having infections that don't go away or don't get better
- Feeling very thirsty
- Needing to go to the bathroom a lot
- Feeling hungry all of the time.
After your laparoscopic surgery, these symptoms may indicate a problem. For example, an infection at the procedure site can make blood sugar control difficult, and may require IV antibiotics to treat the infection. To help identify what is causing the symptoms, you may be asked to check your blood sugar more frequently. It is important to report any changes to your healthcare provider as soon as possible so that the appropriate treatment can be started, if necessary.