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Surgical Solutions for Diabetes in New Jersey

For obese adults who have tried unsuccessfully to lose weight through exercise, dieting, and other traditional approaches, bariatric surgery is an effective, proven solution. Not only will you lose a significant amount of weight quickly, and keep it off, but you can improve your health dramatically.

According to a University of Maryland Medical Center study, obesity is the number 1 risk factor for type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes and other conditions which obese patients are at risk of developing can reduce the quality of your life, and even shorten your life as well. Therefore, the best and most effective types of bariatric surgery may also be known as diabetes surgery, preventing the condition entirely, reducing its impact, or entirely removing its symptoms.

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Types of Diabetes Surgery

There are several different types of bariatric surgery, and here ,we’ll focus on three for patients who have never had another procedure — sleeve gastrectomy, adjustable gastric banding, and gastric bypass. Diabetes can be prevented or, in many cases, eliminated with each, although they all differ in important ways.

That’s why during your evaluation you will be given information on how each procedure works, and what its benefits and drawbacks are. Before your appointment though, you can begin educating yourself here:

Gastric Bypass: This is the most well known type of bariatric surgery, with the longest track record. It has been performed for decades, and today, is performed laparoscopically. That said, it’s still the most complex surgical procedure of the three. During your surgery, a small gastric pouch is created by cutting a small wedge out of your upper stomach, and your small intestine is rerouted to connect to the newly created pouch.

Sleeve Gastrectomy: The gastric sleeve procedure differs from gastric bypass, as your stomach is divided vertically along its entire length using staples. The resulting narrow tube is just 120ccs in size. The small intestine is also not rerouted in this procedure, so your GI track remains unchanged. This is a laparoscopic procedure which produces very similar results to gastric bypass with reduced risk of surgical and post-surgical complication.

Adjustable Gastric Banding: With laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, an inflatable silicone band is placed over the upper portion of your stomach. The result is a new, smaller stomach pouch above the band, and a narrow opening leading to the rest of your stomach. This both makes you feel fuller from much less food, while also slowing your digestion and ensuring you feel fuller for longer.

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Benefits of Losing Weight

There’s no end to the many great benefits of losing weight. But specifically for adults with diabetes, losing a significant amount of excess weight is highly important to their health. Here, it can directly help to control blood glucose levels and fight against the presence of type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes can “quickly recede” with bariatric surgery, according to The Wall Street Journal. The same report indicated that 75% of obese adults with type 2 diabetes no longer have symptoms or require medication after undergoing bariatric surgery. Similarly, a separate study found that those who underwent bariatric surgery were 80% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than individuals who did not.


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What can I expect my recovery to be like post surgery?

The risks you face and the guidelines for your recovery will both vary dependent on the type of surgery you elect to have.

Whereas gastric bypass patients spend two nights in the hospital in most cases, gastric banding and sleeve gastrectomy patients may need to spend only one night. There are also different guidelines for how much recovery time is necessary at home before turning to work and normal activities. Your surgeon will discuss with you the specifics of your recovery.

Any type of surgical procedure which involves the usage of general anesthesia carries certain risks. Beyond that, the risks of your procedure may include bleeding, infection, pneumonia, gallstones, blood clots, and increased risk of heart attack.

What Dietary Guidelines will I have to follow after the Procedure?

After your procedure, you will move through a multi-phase dietary program. This brings you step by step towards the incorporation of small amounts of solid foods.

From there, you will need to follow the correct daily lifestyle and nutritional program. You will receive more specific instructions on your dietary needs, including the foods you can eat, in what amounts, and whether or not you need any supplements, from your doctor.

What happens after surgery?

Undergoing diabetes surgery is only one piece of the overall puzzle. You need ongoing follow-up appointments to adjust your diabetes medication and evaluate your condition and weight loss. You will also benefit greatly from additional support, guidance and instruction. We provide this to our patients through a number of formats, from ongoing education, to mentors and support groups.

I’m ready to take action, what do I do next?

It’s never too late to turn things around, changing and even saving your life. Fight against obesity and fight against type 2 diabetes with our help.

Call Tristate NYBG today at 800.633.8446 and we’ll help you get started with diabetes surgery in New Jersey and schedule your initial appointment.

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If you are ready to lose weight, you have many options at our Tristate Bariatric Group. We combine surgical expertise, patience, compassion, and the confidence to lead you through the journey to successful weight loss.