November 28, 2004

Weight-Loss Treatment

Bariatric surgery with LAP-BAND System shows promise for seriously obese patients with type 2 diabetes.

Obesity has long been linked to type 2 diabetes, but many patients have trouble sustaining long-term weight loss with conventional methods. A recent Australian study has shown that bariatric surgery using the BioEnterics LAP-BAND System offers new hope for morbidly obese patients with type 2 diabetes.

In a study of 50 obese diabetic patients, 64% had remission of their diabetes 1 year after surgery, and 26% had major improvement. Patients also experienced improvements in blood pressure, cholesterol, sleep patterns, depression, and overall quality of life.

All the patients had tried unsuccessfully to lose weight for at least 5 years. Before the surgery, their average weight was 300 pounds. A year later, their average weight was 242 pounds, and they continued to lose weight after the study. The study was reported in the February 2002 issue of Diabetes Care. A recent study in Clinical Diabetes states that lap-band surgery requires no stapling, cutting, or opening of the stomach; is reversible; and allows tailoring of the system based on patient's needs.

The surgical procedure, which involves placing a gastric band to limit food entering the stomach, was approved in the United States in June 2001 but isn't widely used here. In Australia, however, it's the most common surgical weight-loss method in use. It's safe for patients with latex allergies because no latex is used in the system or accessories.

Copyright Springhouse Corporation Nov 2004