Monday, May 30, 2011

Diabetes and Cosmetic Surgery

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Diabetes in all its forms (diet controlled, medication controlled and insulin controlled) impacts all surgery patients.  Since diabetics are more prone to coronary artery disease and blood chemistry alterations they require more extensive lab work including electrocardiograms before surgery and should be medically cleared for surgery by their internist. After surgery their healing time is prolonged, fluid balance is altered and they are more prone to infection. Therefore care after surgery including insulin doses should be performed under the guidance of the physician who medically cleared the patient for surgery accounting for the type of surgery performed and the patient's condition.

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