I will probable have 1-2 surgeries coming up depending on the rest of my test results. I am a Type 2 and on a pump For the past yr have been able to keep my A1C under 7 per the guidelines- last one was 6.4. Talked with the surgical PA today and he said he wanted my A1C lower than 5.8!.
I work in a hospital and asked the Diabetic educator if she had heard of such a thing...she said...nope. I never hear anyone requiring that low of an A1C for surgery. She has heard that the A1C cut-off to do non-emergent surgery in-house is 7.5.
The only thing we could think of had to do with the type of surgery...I might need a nerve transposition for my ulnar nerve and thought there might be a different guideline since the surgery will be on my nerves.....
I was curious if anyone has heard of the surgeon wanting a lower A1C than what is the standard.....and yes..I know...the lower the A1C the lower the risk of infection...blah blah blah. Just thought it was weird since the diabetic educator never heard of a surgical double standard like that.