Gastric Banding may Reduce symptoms of Diabetes & Improves Health*
“The fastest growing operation in the United States today is the adjustable laparoscopic gastric band. Banding is far more effective in the treatment of diabetes than the best medical care with existing medicines, diet & exercise, according to an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The resolution of diabetes marches in time with the resolution of body weight. Patients lose weight gradually over a period of a few months and diabetes gradually goes away over a period of a few months.” Dr. Neil Hutcher and Dr. David Cummings discuss the gastric band, which has been shown to produce weight loss for surgery patients, and its effect on diabetes:*
* Results may vary from person to person
The weight loss is gradual and not sudden. This is also the safest way to lose weight. As a result of the surgery, patients lose weight because they eat less. The smaller stomach pouch becomes full after eating smaller amounts of food and causes a feeling of fullness, which persists until the next meal. The feeling of the need to snack food between meals is thus eliminated.*
On average patients we have seen our patients lose 2 pounds per week during the first year and thereafter the weight loss will still continue at a gradual rate.*
Many of the medical complications of obesity are reversed as a direct result of the weight loss. By five years patients will have lost on average 60% of their excess weight, which is equivalent to the weight loss realized by patients who undergo more complex weight loss surgery procedures, such as gastric bypass.*
* Results may vary.