diabetes mellitus (anaesthesia and surgery)
Last reviewed 01/2018
The surgical mortality is higher in poorly controlled diabetics.
The lifetime probablility of a diabetic undergoing surgery is 50%. Of these operations, 5% will be emergencies.
The preparation of a diabetic for surgery is described for two circumstances:
- elective surgery
- emergency surgery
For both, individual centres and clinicians have their personal preferences about management. The following sections detail one popular approach.