Metabolic surgery or
surgery for diabetes
The Area of Obesity
Metabolic surgery or surgery for diabetes solves up to 80% of cases of type 2 diabetes mellitus.
If the patient who is a candidate for metabolic surgery also presents other alterations such as cholesterol, triglycerides or blood pressure, these will be significantly improved with surgery. In the majority of cases, the patient may not even need to take medication for these disorders.
Although metabolic surgery is highly effective, this does not mean that all patients with diabetes should undergo surgery. Those patients who, for some reason, are unable to follow their medical treatment correctly or those who are difficult to control due to other metabolic problems associated with them, despite following the correct measures, are at least candidates for a study aimed at evaluating their suitability for this type of intervention.
The Clinic's Area of Obesity is a Centre of Excellence in Obesity Surgery, a certification granted by the International Federation for Bariatric Surgery (IFSO), which is the most prestigious institution in the world in this area.
In addition, the Clinic is a leading Centre of Excellence in the treatment of obesity at European level, by the European Society for the Study of Obesity (EASO).
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When is metabolic surgery indicated?
Surgical techniques for type 2 diabetes
The same techniques are used as for the treatment of obesity.
Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass
This is the technique of choice, in which the stomach is sectioned to reduce its size and also the small intestine which is then sutured to the small stomach that has been created. In this way both the amount of food ingested and its absorption is reduced.
It stimulates the production of insulin in the pancreas, decreases insulin resistance and also improves associated metabolic problems.
Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy
This technique is performed less frequently but may be indicated in some cases.
Also called "gastric sleeve", the stomach is sectioned into a tubular shape, removing approximately 80% of the stomach.
Food passes more quickly through the stomach and arrives less digested to the intestine.
Results after the intervention
Surgery for diabetes is an important and novel option currently available, wich achieves remarkable results. The large number of scientific studies that have been published, together with the experience accumulated in the different centres where it has been applied for years, confirm a great improvement in both diabetes and the metabolic complications associated with this disease.
"My life has changed a lot in terms of quality of life by practically curing my diabetes and not having to inject insulin every day.
For people who have these chronic problems and are offered surgery, I would encourage them without a shadow of a doubt".
MAITE. METABOLIC SURGERY IN 2011