Diabetes and Total Hip Replacement
There are many important things to know about total hip replacement and diabetes. For example, if you have diabetes and are planning on having this surgery, it is important that you know the signs of low blood sugar. These can include weakness, sweating, and feeling very thirsty. Following hip replacement, let your doctor know if you experience any of these symptoms. You may have to check your blood sugar more often.
As a diabetic, you probably know a lot about the signs and symptoms that go along with abnormal blood sugar levels. Possible indications include:
- Difficulty with your vision
- Shortness of breath
- 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 hip replacement surgery, these symptoms may indicate a problem. For example, an infection at the incision 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.
Additional Risks of Hip ReplacementAs a person with diabetes, your risk for hip replacement complications are higher. Although still uncommon, it is more likely for you to have:
- A reaction to certain drugs used during the hip replacement surgery
- A delayed healing process.
For these reasons, it is important for you to attend all scheduled follow-up appointments and return sooner if any of the previously mentioned symptoms or other unusual symptoms develop. Infections are a concern of hip replacement surgery, so your doctor will treat any suspected infections more aggressively because you have diabetes.
Because of the risks involved with hip replacement surgery, it is essential for you to communicate with your healthcare team so that they can minimize any possible problems. Your healthcare team is trained to observe, evaluate, and respond to any unusual situations that may arise.