By peace13 Latest Reply 2011-01-05 22:01:53 -0600
Started 2010-12-26 18:06:27 -0600

I am going in for surgery tomorrow so I cannot eat after midnight. But I am worried that I might drop during the night or tomorrow before I go. What do I do since I cant eat or drink after midnight?

37 replies

Judstah 2011-01-05 22:01:53 -0600 Report

usually the hospital when you go for presurgery will tell you what to take and not take. when i had surgery i took half of my insulin the night before, and in the morning before i left the house, i could take my 2 pills, cant remember the names but when i got home i could take the rest of my meds/ Hope al went well and have a speedy recovery

shoshanar 2010-12-30 13:04:57 -0600 Report

you must inform your doctor that you're diabetic. The moment you reach the hospital, you'll be o.k. you're problem is the night. Usually, they tell you to cut your insulin in half.

hvnlyangel 2010-12-27 23:50:37 -0600 Report

i had surgery recently and had no food after midnight too. I ate a sandwich before midnight and then that kept my blood sugar leveled. You might want to try that.

peace13 2010-12-27 18:13:23 -0600 Report

thank you everyone for the good thoughts and prayers
Im fine.
surgery went okay
thanks again!

GabbyPA 2010-12-27 10:29:11 -0600 Report

Please keep us posted and let us know how you did. It is different for every person, but sharing helps us with diabetes kind of know what to expect when we face it as well. Be strong, we are thinking of you today and through your recovery.

peace13 2010-12-29 01:04:15 -0600 Report

Luckily it wasnt major surgery but surgery is still a surgery and I always get nervous.
I didnt have any trouble with my blood sugar before the surgery. After I was functioning for the most part, the nurses gave me juice so i had no trouble with my blood sugar dropping.
when i got home all i wanted to do was sleep because of the anesthesia effects, but my mom and boyfriend kept a close eye on me and made sure i had something to eat and drink
thank you for the concern

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2010-12-27 00:33:39 -0600 Report

Best wishes for a successful surgery and smooth recovery. I made sure and tested my BG and ate a snack just before the nothing by mouth cutoff time for my surgeries this year and other tests. My various Drs gave pretty complete instructions.

peace13 2010-12-29 00:57:19 -0600 Report

thank you

msann 2010-12-26 21:58:15 -0600 Report

hi, hope you have good luck with your surgery, when i had my hysterectomy in 2005, i had to take half my dose that night, and then after my surgery they monitored me and gave me the other half then that night back to my regular dose, i had colonospy 2 weeks ago i also took half my dose, good luck

MAYS 2010-12-26 20:53:18 -0600 Report

I am scheduled for surgery on the 13th of January, 2011.
I can imagine both your worry, and confusion on this matter, the link below may prove to be helpful.

In addition to the normal Risks of Surgery, diabetics face additional risks when having a surgical procedure. These risks are heightened if you have had diabetes for an extended period of time, frequently have high blood sugars, or if you are a brittle (have difficulty controlling your glucose level) diabetic. Patients who have already experienced major complications from diabetes, such as neuropathy or requiring an amputation are also at higher risk.


Harlen 2010-12-26 19:14:10 -0600 Report

You know not to take any meds till after.
Just keep track of you BS
Best wishes
PS let us know how its going ???

peace13 2010-12-26 19:25:23 -0600 Report

Yeah I know. they told me i can take my migraine medicine just not the ones for my diabetes.

RAYT721 2010-12-26 18:52:58 -0600 Report

I hope that others will be able to answer your question and I am sure others either have or will experience the question you are asking. When I went for my colonoscopy I had the same concern but it did not dawn on me to ask my doctor but they asked if I was diabetic. I said that I was and that was the end of the discussion so I never got an answer on what to do or not do. I wish the doctors would address the issues with us as part of the pre-admission consultation. We usually have enough on our minds to think to ask about it and their experience should cover the topic(s) of concern and importance.

Elrond 2010-12-26 22:41:33 -0600 Report

The biggest trouble is that the average doctor who isn't especially trained in diabetes care has little idea how to handle it. He or she would prefer to ignore it and hope for the best rather than give you bad information. They might have a set policy concerning diabetic pre-op instructions but if you have a specific question or concern, your surgeon may be as lost as you are. An endocrinologist or diabetes care specilialist is your best bet.

peace13 2010-12-26 19:25:49 -0600 Report

yeah, they didnt tell me anything just not to take my diabetes medicine that was it

Hatz 2010-12-27 13:06:16 -0600 Report

I'm glad it's not only me. I had a surgery to remove some cartilage in my nose so I could breathe easier at night (name escapes me right now) & since I have had diabetes for 16 years I just decided to skip my insulin that morning and have a snack before midnight. The nurses were like "Oh! You didn't take your shot??? We need to give you insulin!!" With my number being at 101, let's just say I told them I would be fine without insulin for a little bit. I didn't need to go hypoglycemic during my surgery. Hope your surgery went well!

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