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Any diabetics having or have had surgery?

I'm scheduled for an ACDF on Monday, had my pre-op appointments today and man was I surprised when all my Dr's freaked out because my A1c was at an 8.2 (I'm type2 on oral meds). Seems everyone forgot to mention that a high A1c could delay surgery. My surgeon and I had an "adult conversation" (his words) about whether or not we should proceed. We decided as long as I had a good support system after surgery and did everything I could the next several weeks to bring my numbers down that we would go forward and keep the surgery date. Anyone else been through this? Any suggestions or advice?


  • I can understand why your doctor would be concerned about your A1c. It being 8.2 is kinda high. Surgery will cause your blood sugar to do crazy things. My sugar goes completely bonkers after surgery. My doctor put me on insulin while I was in hospital after my fusions. I take oral meds usually. I came out surgery once with a sugar in the 400s, its usually fairly normal.
    Discectomies 05/08 and 04/11, fusions L4-5 Feb 9,2012 and L3-L4 June 28,2012, Staph infection washout 3/2/2012, Bulged L5-S1. SCS trial on January 17th, 2014, which was a success! Permanent SCS on February 20th.
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