Diabetes after Surgery

By MAYS Latest Reply 2010-12-29 10:05:10 -0600
Started 2010-12-26 21:31:11 -0600

After surgery, the need for high quality nutrition and tight glycemic control continues.


Nutrition will provide the building blocks for healing and a normal glucose level will promote a quicker return to health. Tight control of glucose levels could potentially shave days or even weeks off of your recovery period when compared to recovery times with elevated blood glucose.

Once the surgery is over and you are into your recovery phase, you will need to aggressively check for signs of infection in your healing wound, in addition to the normal checks you do (such as checking your feet for problems).

If you have neuropathy, remember you may not feel pain until the infection is well established. You may want to take your temperature regularly as another way to detect infection.

Signs of a wound infection include:

•Pus or foul drainage

•Fever Greater than 101 degrees

•The incision feels hot to the touch, or is angry red

•Pain around the incision that is getting worse instead of better

•Swelling or hardening of the incision site


4 replies

Harlen 2010-12-27 07:34:08 -0600 Report

Thank May's
It is a big deal to have the right foods and keep your BS in line after surgery
Keep on top of the site and keep it clean.
Best wishes

GabbyPA 2010-12-26 23:22:08 -0600 Report

I have a foot thermometer that is great. When my husband had his cellucitus, I used it to compare the infected foot to the healthy one. The doctors had never seen anything like it, but it was a great way to tell what was going on. We kept a very close eye on it. You can earn one with points over at www.healthyoutcomes.com. It's a very informative site full of videos, surveys and interactive lessons that you take to earn points. Then you apply the points for free stuff. It's a great site to visit.

Pynetree 2010-12-27 11:40:45 -0600 Report

Gabby, Hi, Thanks for posting this site, it is a new one for me. Went there this morning..learned some info, and learned about some products. In fact I earned enough points in a short visit to get some wound care bandages. Will definetly be going back …want one of those skin thermometers. I too get cellulites, and it would be helpful to get temperature to see just what is going on. Thanks for sharing this!

GabbyPA 2010-12-29 10:05:10 -0600 Report

I have yet to find a doctor who cares that I use it, but I feel much better knowing what is going on inside my feet (that is where I use mine) It is very helpful and gives me warning to issues I cannot see. Glad you like the site. It doesn't take long to earn enough points for things. I have tried many products first from there before buying my own. They are a great group of folks that run it.

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