When you have diabetes and you’re headed for surgery, you face unique risks. These risks are even higher if you have struggled with diabetes for an extended period of time or have trouble controlling your glucose level. At Justice Healthcare Group, we understand these risks, and the last thing we want for you is to end up back at the hospital due to complications. That is why we’re taking today’s blog to examine some of the risks that people with diabetes face whenever they have surgery.

The Risks of Surgery

There are already several risks that everyone faces, and they are called the “Risks of Surgery.” These universal risks include bleeding problems, anesthesia problems, delayed healing, infection, injury, poor results, paralysis, tingling and numbness, scarring, swelling, and bruising. Death is also one of the universal risks. Surgery is a major event, and no road to recovery is easy. However, if you have diabetes, there are some additional complications that can crop up when you’re recovering from surgery. Read on to learn more!

Risks Diabetics Face After Surgery

Slow, Poor Wound Healing

The skin can be weak at the site of the surgery, and it’s important to have someone who knows how to handle wounds and keep them on the path to healing.

Imbalance of Electrolytes

Sodium and potassium are important electrolytes, and they can rise or fall quickly after surgery. When this happens, the body’s fluid levels can have problems along with the heart. Diabetes makes this condition more likely.


Due to slow, poor healing, wound sites are more vulnerable to bacteria. However, the vulnerability doesn’t stop there. Sepsis can set in, you can end up with a urinary tract infection, or pneumonia can slow your recovery way down (and even send you back to the hospital).

Hyperglycemia or Hypoglycemia

Your blood sugar can get to high or too low, and this swinging back and forth can slow your healing process down.

Diabetic Ketoacidosis

The body can run out of insulin, which causes the blood sugars to shoot up, and the blood to become acidic. This is an emergency, and it has sent too many people back to the hospital in the middle of their recoveries at home.

Hyperglycemic Hyperosmolar Nonketotic Coma

This dangerous condition happens when the body tries to cope with rising blood sugar levels by putting the sugars into the urine. Eventually, dehydration can lead to seizures and worse. It is particularly sneaky because it can develop over days or even weeks.


Key Tips for Recovering Well


Normal glucose levels will empower your body to return to health more quickly. The right nutrition is key here. By carefully monitoring what you eat, you can tightly control your glucose levels and shorten your recovery by days or even weeks.


The infection issue is serious for diabetics. You will need to check for signs of infection often, both at the site of the incision(s) and by taking your temperature. An infected incision will get hot, turn red, become more painful, swell up, and drain pus. Taking your temperature is a good way to keep tabs on your body as a whole because a temperature higher than 101 degrees is a great way to detect infection.

Recover Successfully With Justice Healthcare Group

We’ve talked about a lot of things that can go wrong for diabetics after surgery, but the fact is, safe, complete recovery is completely possible for diabetics, and thousands do it every year. It is absolutely possible for you. If you’re headed into surgery, contact Justice Healthcare Group. One of our care specialties is wounds and other issues faced by diabetics, so we can make sure your recovery is successful.

Justice Healthcare Group exists because we saw too many people forced to head back to the hospital during recovery because they ran into complications. While any surgery recovery is bound to have some complications, you need to be able to handle them correctly, or you can end up paying for another hospital stay. We are here to make sure that doesn’t happen. Our highly trained medical care providers bring world-class healthcare right under your roof. You should be able to successfully recover in the comfort of your own Houston home, so contact our home health aide team today!