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It is more likely for people with diabetes to have infections and other complications following a lobectomy. However, having diabetes does not guarantee that you will have complications. To reduce the risks involved with diabetes and lobectomy, it is important tell your doctor about any symptoms of possible complications or abnormal blood sugar that you may have following your surgery.

Diabetes and Lobectomy: Potential Complications

As a person with diabetes, your risks for lobectomy 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 lobectomy. 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 lobectomy risks, you should talk to your healthcare team if something doesn't feel right.

Diabetes and Lobectomy: Leaving the Hospital

As a person with diabetes, 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 lobectomy, 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.
Also if you take medication for your diabetes, you may have to go on insulin following the procedure due to the stress of the surgery. This will only be temporary.
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