Weight Loss Surgery and Diabetes. How Does it Resolve? FAQ with Dr. Steven Simper
By: Dr. Steven C. Simper, MD, FACS
“It is the will and ambition of our patients who ultimately make their weight loss possible. Treating the whole person is a critical part of the care given to my patients.”
Question: Weight loss surgery and diabetes. How does it resolve?
Dr. Steven Simper’s answer: We really don’t have a concrete answer for this. But this is an area of intense research and there are a number of theories that are beyond the scope of this discussion. It is, however, crystal clear that it does cause diabetes to go away in most patients with type two diabetes, and has significant benefits, even in patients whose diabetes doesn’t go away, including type one diabetes.
Weight loss surgery is currently the most effective treatment that we have for type two diabetes and is recognizable as such by organizations such as the American Diabetes Association. More and more insurance companies are beginning to recognize this as well, allowing more and more patients to get approval from them to have weight loss surgery.
About the Author:
Dr. Steven Simper, MD, FACS, performed his first bariatric procedures in 1984 at Wilford Hall Medical Center, in Texas. Currently, he performs laparoscopic gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, duodenal switch, and revisional surgery. In addition to general surgery procedures. He joined Rocky Mountain Associated Physicians in 2001, and began performing laparoscopic gastric bypass. Since 2008, he has developed his skill and expertise with the powerful biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch (DS). He is among a handful of surgeons who perform this procedure. He both proctors other surgeons and is a speaker at bariatric conferences in regards to the duodenal switch procedure. In following his patients, and witnessing results, he has become a strong advocate for this procedure in the select individual who needs a powerful surgery.
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