Metabolic Surgery

Metabolism is the process by which the body converts food to energy at the cellular level. The most common metabolic disease is type 2 diabetes, which occurs when the body does not adequately metabolize or regulate blood sugars due to lack of insulin or the body’s inability to respond to the insulin that is produced.

Increased body fat is associated with an increased risk for metabolic diseases. According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES, 1999-2002), which was conducted by CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, more than half (51%) of those with diabetes had a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more and about 80 percent of those with a BMI of 35 or more had one or more metabolic diseases. New research indicates that metabolic surgery may improve insulin resistance and secretion by mechanisms independent of weight loss – most likely involving changes in gastrointestinal hormones. Many patients with type 2 diabetes experience complete remission within days of metabolic surgery, long before significant weight comes off. This has led to new thinking that metabolic surgery may also be appropriate for diabetic individuals who are of normal weight or only slightly overweight.

Benefits of Metabolic Surgery

• Reduce or stop taking your medications

• Reduce or eliminate side effects from your medications

• Complete resolution or improvement of co-morbid conditions

• Increase your lifespan – risk of death in diabetics is twice that of people without diabetes

• Improve your quality of life• Lose excess weight

• Diabetes surgeries give better results in 60 – 80% cases.

• Insulin injections or diabetes drugs can be completely stopped or reduced in patients who underwent surgery.

• Diabetes can be prevented in most of the patients with surgery.

• Early diabetes problems like Nephropathy, Retina diseases, hear muscle problems, fatty liver and early cirrhosis can be prevented.

• Prevent onset of more serious co morbidities caused by diabetes such as heart disease and stroke, high blood pressure, kidney disease and amputations