Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Adjustable Lap Band Surgery As a Strategic Consideration for Diabetes Treatment

Not long ago, we talked about the use of bariatric surgery for diabetes treatment. We specifically mentioned gastric bypass surgery. Gastric bypass surgery does two things to accomplish weight loss: The surgery shrinks the stomach and the surgery re-routes the small intestine.

A less traumatic form of bariatric surgery is adjustable lap band surgery. In this surgery, an adjustable band is placed around the upper part of the stomach, forming a small pouch or "new smaller stomach." Since the "new stomach" is smaller, a person feels full with less food.

The lap band can be adjusted with a saline injection to shrink or increase the pouch." Since no surgery is done on the stomach, and since the small intestine is not re-routed, lap band surgery is less traumatic than gastric bypass surgery.

Although some studies show that less weight is lost after lap band surgery than after gastric bypass surgery, a 2-year study reported in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) indicated that obese patients with Type 2 diabetes who had lap band surgery experienced higher diabetes remission rates than patients who used conventional methods to control diabetes.

We believe this is exciting news for bariatric or weight loss centers. Diabetes is a serious illness throughout the world. And treatment methods are in high demand. Therefore, bariatric centers should monitor bariatric related research in the diabetes treatment area. Offering and marketing lap band surgery as a treatment for Type 2 diabetes may be turn out to be a good strategic move.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good for people to know.

October 27, 2008 at 6:01 AM  

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