surgery, stress & numbers, how do they determine if they will do surgery?

By Lakeland Latest Reply 2014-06-30 22:08:29 -0500
Started 2014-06-28 07:50:04 -0500

My mom tore her rotator cuff, anyway, she has pain & her numbers are all up, blood sugars, blood pressures. the pre-physical for surgery showed these numbers & my mom is worried she they'll cancel her surgery, I'm sure doctors can regulate numbers while under anesthesia? Does anyone know for sure? the family physician gave mom an insulin needle to let her try to get her numbers down & asked a nurse to tell her how to use it. It just seems to me if they do the surgery & she gets rid of this pain & problem, her numbers will probably get better.

Is she worried over nothing?


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Lakeland 2014-06-30 22:08:29 -0500 Report

The insulin pen got her sugars down, so the surgery is on, I want to try to make her food so if the pain causes her sugars to be high, at least the food will be Ok & won't put her too high.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-06-29 21:45:35 -0500 Report

HI Lakeland,

I am not a physician so I am sorry to say I don't have anything helpful to offer here in answering your question. But I just wanted to give you some support. I know what it's like to have a sick mom and to be worried about her health and how she is going to get better. I hope she gets her numbers under control and is on the road to recovery soon.

And take good care of yourself, my friend.


GabbyPA 2014-06-29 18:32:37 -0500 Report

It can be a catch 22 for sure. My mom had to have her numbers in a good place before surgery. The other thing is if you do get a surgery and they have to "help" your numbers, make sure you have someone there when you come out of surgery who can check on you. When my mom came out, she was awake, but rather slurry in her words. Since it had been a while since she was actually awake (and of course had not eaten since the night before) I asked them to check her levels to make sure it was the anesthesia talking and not a low episode. Having an advocate there for you is VERY important.

neverlowbg 2014-06-28 10:56:50 -0500 Report

Yes they could postpone the surgery but I've had two surgery and they just had me come in earlier to do insulin thru Iv to bring my numbers into the safe range as for bp being high I don't know about that as I didn't have high bp I do know they monitor bp very closely and they postponed my brothers surgery due to high bp he had to take bp meds for a couple weeks then they did his surgery but the best answer is to talk to her dr doing surgery and the ( I don't know how to spell it) but the gas passer and do it before her pre op appt so if she needs to do something she is already doing it so there is no delay best wishes and prayers

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