Diabetes and Hysterectomy
Diabetes is a chronic health condition that requires one to be diligent with her health. By itself, a hysterectomy is a major surgery that can require some planning for optimal results. Combine the two issues and one does need to be prepared and proactive to allow for the best and smoothest outcome.
First, make sure your entire medical team is fully aware of the upcoming surgery so you can start working together to help the whole process go as well as possible. The doctor who primarily treats your diabetes may have some specific tips for you to prepare you for surgery. S/he may also want to adjust any medications you are using and may want to see you more frequently during recovery. It is also possible this doctor will want to speak to your surgeon about any unique issues for your case and to answer any questions your surgeon may have. If at all possible, use a medical facility where both doctors have privileges so they both can take part in your care during your hospital stay.
You will need to know in advance if you are allowed to continue using medications and insulin as usual, or if any adjustments need to be made in the days leading to surgery, during your bowel prep (if one is ordered), and on the day of surgery. Talk to both your surgeon and diabetes doctor about any changes.
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