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For those who are diabetic, risks with carpal tunnel surgery and chances of developing complications are much higher. Infections at the procedure site can make blood sugar control difficult and may require IV antibiotics to treat the infection. Because abnormal blood sugar levels can lead to many problems, it is important to let your healthcare provider know of any changes so that appropriate treatment can be started if necessary.

An Overview of Diabetic Risks With Carpal Tunnel Surgery

As a diabetic, your risks for complications are higher. However, difficulty in healing is the main concern. For this reason, it is important to keep all scheduled follow-up appointments and return soon if any symptoms develop. With the knowledge that you have diabetes, your doctor will treat any early suspected infections more aggressively.
 
Because of the risks involved, it is essential for you to communicate with your healthcare providers throughout the procedure so they can be aware of any possible problems. Your team is trained to observe, evaluate, and respond to any unusual situations that arise.
 

Leaving the Hospital

As a diabetic, you probably know a lot about the signs and symptoms that go along with abnormal blood sugar levels.
 
These include:
 
  • Weakness
  • Difficulty with 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 carpal tunnel surgery, 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.
 
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Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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