Hi, I had a question about my mother. She is 58 years old and is a type 2 diabetic. She has had diabetes approximately 12 years. She started having pain in her left knee a few months ago and seen a local orthopedic surgeon recently. He told her that she had a torn meniscus in her knee & arthritis. He wanted her to get some blood work before having surgery, so she went to her family doctor. Her A1C came back at an 8. Her family doctor told her not to do the surgery and wait until her A1C went down. She had lab work repeated around 3 weeks ago and her A1C was at a 7.4. The orthopedic surgeon said that he was willing to do the surgery at a 7.4 if my mom promised to eat well and really watch her diabetes. However, her glucose levels kind of go up and down, as she likes to snack on things sometimes that she shouldn't (such as having a soda or cookies every now and then). I have talked to her over and over about maintaining a strict diabetic diet, especially before surgery... However, she lives by herself & doesn't really listen to me. She is in a lot of pain with her knee though, and needs to have something done. I'm just worried that having surgery on her knee with an A1C of 7.4 could be risky. Anyone else here have knee surgery with an A1C that high?? Should we get a 2nd opinion where doctor was willing to operate on her knee with an A1C of 7.4?? Thanks, and information is appreciated!