Before your surgery
If you take diabetes medicine
Ask the health care provider who is managing your diabetes if you should take your medicine before surgery.
You will receive information from your surgeon's office, including:
- the date and time of your surgery
- the time you need to arrive at the hospital
- where you need to go when you arrive at the hospital
- instructions on anything you need to do to get ready for your surgery.
You will be asked to come to the hospital 2 hours before your scheduled surgery. This will give the health care team enough time to start intravenous (IV) lines for medicine, preparation and to answer your questions.
It is important to arrive on time. Your time of surgery could start earlier than expected. If you are late, your surgery may be delayed or it may need to be canceled and scheduled at a later date.
Tell your surgeon if there are any changes in your health (sore throat, cold, fever, dental problem, urinating problem, diarrhea) or if you have a skin condition (such as a rash or wound). Your surgery may need to be rescheduled.
If you have any questions, please call your surgeon's office.