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Diabetes and Surgery - How to Improve Your Chance of a Great Outcome

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Updated February 26, 2011

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Diabetes and Surgery Risks - What Additional Risks Do I Face?

The Risks of Surgery

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.

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