... Surgery to treat diabetes?

Written by: Dr. Joaquín Resa Bienzobas
Published: | Updated: 13/11/2018
Edited by: Top Doctors®

Currently, diabetes is a chronic disease that affects a large part of the population. Among the varieties of diabetes are type 1 and 2, gestational, produced by surgery, among other causes. One is only operable by metabolic surgery type 2 diabetes in patients weighing more than 15 kg overweight or obese.


What is diabetes surgery?

Surgery more effective diabetes is to divert food to not go through the entire intestine, but on the one hand specialists in General Surgery calculated as necessary to absorb less sugar and less fat. Thus blood sugar, cholesterol and triglycerides were normalized, lose weight, hypertension is improved, snoring disappear and gain in mobility.

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What progress involves surgery diabetes?

The importance of the inclusion of surgery in the treatment of diabetes is that it is the only one who has changed the course of the disease in overweight patients. Thanks to this development the person can stop all medication, including insulin.

On the other hand, it is an economic advantage, since it is cheaper to operate patients who supply them with drugs throughout his life and assume its complications: heart or stroke, vision loss, kidney damage with dialysis or transplantation, amputations lower limbs, impotence, etc.. Furthermore, survival and quality of life are major surgery with diabetes.

Finally, the evidence that diabetes surgery is superior to medical treatment to control blood sugar in obese patients, are becoming more remarkable time.


Why your application is slow?

This situation responds to multiple reasons. On the one hand, a large number of doctors who continue to ignore the superior results of surgery over medical treatment. Others are unaware that current operations are very different from a few years ago, diabetes surgery has developed quickly and steady over the past decade.


How it has contributed to the development of this surgery?

First, with the development of a consensus document between different medical societies so that surgery could be performed in Spain. As well as improving gastroileal technique to the extent bypass surgeries performed in 30 minutes, with minimal risk and very fast recovery, with input 48 hours or less. In addition, after being operated patients can eat normally, a fact that does not happen reductions stomach.

Thanks to this intervention type 2 diabetes is resolved, normalizing blood glucose, removing all kinds of medication, including insulin, and slowing the onset of complications associated with diabetes such as heart or stroke, vision loss, kidney damage dialysis or transplantation, limb amputations, impotence, among others.


¿Bypass gastroileal useful only for diabetes?

The gastroileal bypass is designed to solve the metabolic syndrome as a whole, not just diabetes, improving survival and providing better quality of life to patients. Persons to whom intervention is recommended to type 2 diabetics with more than 15 kg overweight. This type of operation is not feasible for type 1 diabetes or for lean people.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. Joaquín Resa Bienzobas

Dr. Joaquín Resa Bienzobas is a specialist in General Surgery and Gastroenterology with extensive training internationally and extensive professional experience. It is a world reference in Bariatric Surgery (of Obesity) and Diabetes. A pioneer in the gastro-intestinal bypass technique, he is also a member of the Spanish Society of the Surgery of Obesity (SECO). Dr. Resa performs about 300 annual interventions, a number that places him -according to data from SECO- as the specialist with the highest number of interventions per year. He has made more than 150 communications and papers in congresses of the specialty and has received numerous awards for his work and research.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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