Chapter 9

Metabolic Surgery: A Possible Cure for Type 2 Diabetes

In This Chapter

arrow Noting the advantages of metabolic surgery

arrow Understanding the current guidelines for surgical candidates

arrow Getting ready for surgery

arrow Selecting the right operation

arrow Identifying short-term and long-term complications of surgery

arrow Meeting patients who have had the surgery

arrow Contemplating new guidelines and recommendations

The first operations for obesity and diabetes were performed more than 60 years ago. In recent years more than 200,000 such operations have been performed each year with amazing results for people with type 2 diabetes. Yet most of the population with diabetes is unaware of surgery’s great value. The purpose of this chapter is to begin to correct that oversight.

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