Diabetes and Pneumonectomy

Most medical procedures carry a higher risk of complications for people with diabetes, and a pneumonectomy is no exception. While these complications are still rare, if you experience signs of low blood sugar, such as weakness or lethargy, this may be a sign that you have an infection. For people with diabetes, a pneumonectomy may mean that you have to check your blood sugar more frequently or go on insulin temporarily.

What Are the Complications With Diabetes and Pneumonectomy?

As a person with diabetes, your risks for pneumonectomy 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 pneumonectomy. 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 risks with a pneumonectomy (as with any medical procedure), you should talk to your healthcare team if something doesn't feel right.

Diabetes and Pneumonectomy: Leaving the Hospital

As a person with diabetes, you probably know a lot about the signs and symptoms that indicate 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 pneumonectomy, these symptoms may indicate a problem. For example, an infection at the procedure site can make it difficult to control blood sugar and may require IV antibiotics to treat the infection. To help identify what is causing the symptoms, you may be asked to check your blood sugar more frequently. 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 likely be temporary.
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