Find out the pros and cons of weight-loss surgery—gastric bypass, vertical sleeve gastrectomy and adjustable gastric banding—for people with type 2 diabetes.
The reports are in and they’re remarkable: After undergoing bariatric surgery, 8 in 10 obese patients experienced a significant improvement in type 2 diabetes, according to a study in the Archives of Surgery. And, that’s even before the weight loss had kicked in!
“I’ll have gastric bypass patients on high doses of insulin before surgery, and by the time they leave the hospital they can be off all their insulin—even before they’ve lost weight,” says Philip Schauer, MD, director of the Cleveland Clinic Bariatric and Metabolic Institute. Dr. Schauer says the procedure itself may increase release of hormones that trigger insulin production.
But, even with bariatric surgery, you still have a big part to play. True success means keeping the weight off—which means you’ll still have work to do once the procedure is done. Think surgery may be for you? Read on to learn more about the options.
Reduces the stomach by 95%, allowing food to bypass part of the small intestine, which limits calorie absorption.
Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy
This procedure reshapes your stomach, reducing its size anywhere from 60% up to 85%, which restricts the amount of food you’ll be able to eat in a sitting.
• Potential complications related to stapling, such as leaks and bleeding, may occur; but the risk is small, happening about 1% of the time.
Adjustable Gastric Banding
Restricts food intake via an adjustable silicone band that’s placed around the upper portion of the stomach.
Interested in weight-loss surgery?
Talk to your healthcare team. Here are a few questions to spark the dialogue.