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Diabetes and Laparoscopy

If you have diabetes and laparoscopy has been recommended to you, it is important to understand your increased risk of complications like infection. Symptoms of abnormal blood sugar levels, such as weakness, shortness of breath, and sweating, can signal a problem. Be sure to tell your healthcare provider if you have symptoms of high or low blood sugar. After your laparoscopy, you may be asked to check your blood sugar more frequently.

Diabetes and Laparoscopy Complications

As a person with diabetes, your risks for laparoscopy complications are higher. Although problems don't happen very often, it's more likely for you to have infections, or to take longer to recover.
For these reasons, it's important for you to go to all of your follow-up appointments after the laparoscopy. You should also call your healthcare providers if you have any of the symptoms of high or low blood sugar, or symptoms of possible complications.
Infections can be a serious problem, especially for people with diabetes. If your doctor thinks you might have an infection, you may need medicine and treatment immediately.
Because there are laparoscopy risks, you should talk to your healthcare team if something doesn't feel right.

Leaving the Hospital

As a diabetic, you probably know a lot about the signs and symptoms that go along with abnormal blood sugar levels.
These include:
  • Weakness
  • Difficulty with your vision
  • Shortness of breath
  • Anxiety
  • Sweating
  • Feeling slow or tired
  • Not getting better from a cold or flu
  • Having infections that don't go away or don't get better
  • Feeling very thirsty
  • Needing to go to the bathroom a lot
  • Feeling hungry all of the time.
After your laparoscopic surgery, these symptoms may indicate a problem. For example, an infection at the procedure site can make blood sugar control difficult and may require IV antibiotics to treat the infection. To help identify what is causing the symptoms, you may be asked to have more frequent blood sugar checks. It is important to report any changes to your doctor as soon as possible so that the appropriate treatment can be started, if necessary.
Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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