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In Surgery: Hemoglobin A1C, or HgbA1C, Before Surgery?

By April 6, 2009

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If your doctor wants you to have a Hemoglobin A1C test before your surgery you may be wondering why. There are two reasons that your surgeon wants you to have this test. The first reason, the test helps the surgeon determine if you are diabetic, or have been having signs of early diabetes.

Obviously, it is important to know if you have diabetes, even if you aren't having surgery, but when surgery is on the horizon it is even more important. This brings us to reason two, multiple studies have shown that elevated blood sugar after surgery slows the healing process. So it is important to know if your glucose level will require more aggressive treatment and monitoring after surgery.

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September 5, 2012 at 5:04 pm
(1) Jim Runyon says:

I think it is more important to let a Diabetic die rather than perform an essential surgery because of the newer A1C test. It just makes so much sense.

February 13, 2014 at 5:08 pm
(2) Nigel Ciera says:

Dear Jim Runyon,

Are you kidding anyone reading this? How in the hell is it better to let a diabetic patient die instead of performing their surgery? I’ve heard of very stupid things but this really has got to be the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard. Please take the time to explain in simple English how it’s better to let a diabetes patient die instead of performing surgery, thanks!

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