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
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