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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    How do I inject my insulin after shoulder surgery?

    I'm having arthroscopic acromioplasty surgery on my shoulder soon. I am 53yrs old and a little worried about coping when i come home as I live alone and have no support & no one to stay with. What can I expect after the surgery?

    I am a slow healer & have type 2 diabetes controlled by insulin & tablets. How will I inject myself as I'm right handed & it's my right shoulder being operated on?
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    Dung Pham


    Dung is an Accredited Practising Dietitian who currently works in Community Health and Private Practice as a HACC/CH dietitian and Health Coach. She has also … View Profile

    I think the best suggestion for you is to get RDNS or the Royal District Nursing Service to come in and inject your insulin temporarily until you heal. Alternatively, prior to the surgery, you can try and teach yourself to administer insulin with your left hand with the assistance of a Diabetes Educator but I think the RDNS would probably be the best way, because they are trained nurses and are capable of giving the right dose via the correct procedure.

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