Have Diabetes? Do This for a More Successful Surgery (Video)

elderly man checking blood sugar levels

Patients with diabetes face special challenges during and after cardiovascular and thoracic surgery. We know that patients with uncontrolled blood sugar levels do worse following surgery than patients who carefully manage blood sugar levels.

The risk of serious side effects after surgery is higher for patients with uncontrolled diabetes than it is for patients whose diabetes is under control.

Before surgery, it is critical to keep your blood sugar levels under excellent control. After surgery, it is equally important to monitor your blood sugar levels to keep them within normal range. When diabetes is under control, we can achieve the best possible outcomes during and after surgery.

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Joseph F. Sabik III, MD

Joseph F. Sabik III, MD, is Chairman of the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at Cleveland Clinic and directs the Clinic’s Cardiothoracic Training Program.