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Plastic Surgery and Diabetes

29th May 2017

Plastic Surgery and DiabetesPlastic surgeries are elective procedures, which come with certain health requirements before any potential patients may qualify. Different plastic surgeries improve the appearance in addition to the patient’s body confidence. Even diabetics may wish to improve certain areas of their body, but the prevailing notion is that they do not qualify due to their ailment. However, even diabetics can have successful plastic surgeries. There may be increased risks, but surgeons may advise them on how to lessen those risks.

Diabetic patients should make sure that their blood sugar level is at a reasonable amount prior to the operation. This is possible as long as they work closely with their surgeon. Before undergoing surgery, however, they have to be cleared by their own doctors. When major surgeries are done, intravenous sugar and insulin can be given to patients in order to control the sugar level during the plastic surgery.

It is worth noting that the body experiences stress even during surgery due to the incision, despite the use of anesthesia. This stress contributes to the production of hormones and other substances that have varied effects on the sugar level in the blood. Although the blood sugar level is managed and leveled prior to the plastic surgery, it can still become erratic due to the stress caused by the plastic surgery. This is why it is recommended that a diabetic patient should undergo plastic surgery in a hospital so that the patient’s blood sugar levels may be closely monitored.

A high blood sugar level interferes with the proper healing of the body. The occurrence of wound dehiscence, where the wound re-opens, is more common to patients who have high blood sugar levels than those who have normal blood sugar levels. In addition to the sugar, the high levels of hemoglobin A1c, which is present when there is difficulty in managing diabetes, can also increase the risk of wound dehiscence.

In any plastic surgery, an incision will be made; this means that it has to heal properly for patients to recover properly. In place of the incision, a scar will be formed. For diabetic patients, it is possible that the wound doesn’t heal as fast as patients who have normal blood sugar levels. The more time that the wound is opened and not fully recovered, the likelier it becomes that the patient may develop complications. It is important that patients are properly instructed on how to take extra care of their incision areas in order to lessen the risk of complication during the recovery period.

Patients who have conditions or diseases like diabetes should make sure that they inform their surgeons about their condition during consultation prior to the procedure. There is no use in trying to hide it because it can be found through the different tests that the surgeon will carry out. If the surgeons know about your condition beforehand, they can request other tests that will help them discover whether the diabetes is manageable or controlled. This will help them work in controlling the blood sugar level before, during, and after the surgery.


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