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Surgical Solutions for Diabetes in New York

Obese adults are at significant risk of developing other medical diseases that not only impede the quality of their lives, but also shorten their lives. The most concerning disease obese patients develop is type 2 diabetes.  According to a University of Maryland Medical Center study, obesity is the number 1 risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes.

The Tristate New York Bariatric Group is here to help, offering a range of diabetes surgery procedures designed to help you quickly lose excess weight, and to keep off that weight in the long term. When you haven’t been able to successfully manage your weight through exercise and nutrition alone, then bariatric surgery may be the solution you’ve been seeking.

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Types of Diabetes Surgery

There are several surgical solutions which can help patients not only lose weight, but help in management of diabetes. These procedures prevent the development of type 2 diabetes if you are at risk. If you already have diabetes, these procedures will significantly improve your management and in many cases completely resolved the disease for good.

Your journey will begin with a thorough examination by a member of the expert Tristate New York Bariatric Group team. You’ll learn about all of the latest and most effective types of bariatric surgery, including gastric bypass, laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, and sleeve gastrectomy. There’s not a single “right” solution. Success is all about matching one type of diabetes surgery with your own body and medical history, your needs, and your preferences.

Gastric Bypass: In gastric bypass, a small wedge is cut our of your upper stomach to create a much smaller gastric pouch. The small intestine is rerouted to bypass the main part of the stomach and attached to the gastric pouch. This is a laparoscopic procedure and has a successful track record stretching over decades, making it a popular choice to fight against obesity and diabetes. Gastric bypass remains the most well known form of bariatric surgery.

Sleeve Gastrectomy: With sleeve gastrectomy, your stomach is divided vertically down its length using staples, resulting in a small 120cc tube. This is a laparoscopic procedure, and compared to gastric bypass, is beneficial because the small intestine is not disturbed. This makes the procedure less complicated, with reduced risk and recovery time, and fewer long-term side effects.

Adjustable Gastric Band: Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding involves an inflatable silicone band placed around the upper portion of your stomach. This creates a small stomach pouch above the band with a narrow opening leading to the rest of your stomach, increasing feelings of fullness after only a limited amount of food and slowing digestion.

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Benefits of Losing Weight

For diabetes patients or those who are at increased risk, losing significant amounts of weight helps you control your blood glucose levels. Gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy produce quicker weight loss than the adjustable gastric band, although both are also more intensive procedures.

A report in The Wall Street Journal showcased that diabetes can “quickly recede” after bariatric surgery, by diverting food away from the blood sugar regulating hormones in the small intestine. Over 75% of obese adults with type 2 diabetes no longer have symptoms or require medications after having a bariatric procedure. Another study found that obese individuals who had bariatric surgery were 80% less likely to develop diabetes than those who did not.


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

Recovery varies based upon the procedure you choose. Gastric bypass, which is the most complex procedure of the three listed here, typically involves a two night hospital stay, whereas sleeve gastrectomy and gastric banding require only one night stays.

Further post-operative care instructions and guidelines will be provided by your surgeon. Do not stop taking your diabetes medication until you have been cleared to do so.

The type of diabetes surgery you will have will dictate the specific risks of your procedure. All procedures carry the same risk in terms of general anesthesia, however, more invasive procedures carry increased risks of infection and postoperative bleeding.

Risks may include blood clots, pneumonia, increased risk of heart attack, gallstones, and other issues. Other risks may be procedure-specific, such as a risk of infection at the incision sites for gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy patients.

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

Following the correct nutritional guidelines is critical to longterm success for all bariatric surgery patients, including those who have diabetes. You will progress from pureed soft diet to more solid food in small amounts. From there, you’ll learn how to manage your daily lifestyle to produce long-term weight loss while controlling your diabetes.

What happens after surgery?

The Tristate New York Bariatric Group believes that your surgical procedure is only one step of the process. You need ongoing support, and that’s why we offer our comprehensive bariatric program.

This includes follow-up appointments and plans, support groups, ongoing nutritional assistance and education, and even mentors. This is key especially for those undergoing bariatric surgery for diabetes, as they learn when and how to adjust medication as time progresses.

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

Fight back against obesity and diabetes. Gastric bypass surgery, sleeve gastrectomy, and adjustable gastric banding can all be tools for you and help you achieve great success.

Call the Tristate New York Bariatric Group at 800.633.8446 today to learn more about how we can help and to schedule an initial consultation.

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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.