Bariatric surgery a blessing and diabetes cure?
To hear patients tell it, what they undergo is nothing short of a miracle: surgery that reroutes their digestive system and, in the process, almost instantly cures a disease they were once told was incurable. The link between bariatric surgery and type 2 diabetes resolution is undeniable.
Newer techniques with fewer complications have resulted in a resurgence of bariatric operations.
There are now two types of weight-loss surgery: restrictive surgeries, which use bands or sleeves — sometimes removable — to limit the size of the stomach; and malabsorption-type surgeries, which restrict stomach size and reroute the digestive system.
Both can be done laparoscopically, which reduces complications and hospital stays. Both require a long-term commitment to diet and exercise to maintain weight loss.
Physicians started noticing that bariatric surgery patients with Type 2 diabetes who had the second type of surgery had their need for medication decrease sharply or even disappear — sometimes before they lost much weight.
"It happens very quickly and it can be very dramatic," said Dr. Mitchell Roslin, a bariatric surgeon at Northern Westchester Hospital.
If you suffer from diabetes and would like to learn more about bariatric surgery and type 2 diabetes, give us a call at 877.677.1077 to schedule a consultation or attend an in-person or online seminar.
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