How Bariatric Surgery Can Help Your Type 2 Diabetes

Katie Miskulin after Gastric Bypass Surger

If you have Type 2 diabetes, the type of bariatric surgery you have can possibly eliminate the disease altogether.

Studies show that 67 percent of gastric bypass patients did not need their diabetes medicine a year after having surgery.

Both gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy are effective at ridding the body of diabetes and helping patients lose weight. 

Gastric bypass is a laparoscopic procedure in which the surgeon divides the stomach into two chambers -- one of which is the size of a golf ball that is connected directly to the small intestine. The larger chamber is bypassed and unable to receive food.

Gastric sleeve also is a laparoscopic procedure during which the surgeon removes 80 to 90 percent of the stomach and forms the remainder into a sleeve shape but does not reroute the digestive tract.

Both procedures alter the production of hunger hormones, resulting in a decreased appetite and increased fat burning. However, other bariatric procedures like lap band surgery and stomach stapling don't alter your metabolism in the same way that gastric bypass and the sleeve procedure do.

Significant weight loss allows you to live a more active and healthy lifestyle and reduces your risk for digestive disorders, heart disease, sleep apnea, infertility, joint pain, urinary incontinence and other cancers.

University Hospitals Digestive Health Institute’s Nutritional Health & Bariatric Surgery Center -- the only program in Northeast Ohio with three accredited bariatric centers – offers several types of weight loss procedures, including gastric bypasssleeve gastrectomyadjustable gastric bandduodenal switchintragastric balloon and revisional surgery of previous weight loss operations.

Related Links

UH Digestive Health Institute
UH Nutritional Health & Bariatric Surgery Center
UH Bariatric Surgery Center Weight Loss Options

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