Question: What is the role of bariatric (obesity) surgery in the treatment of diabetes?
Answer: Bariatric surgery is a generic term for weight-loss surgery. Currently several procedures are offered to help individuals with obesity and medical complications related to their excess weight. The most common procedure performed is a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, although others include the laparoscopic-band and the biliary-pancreatic diversion.
One of the great benefits is the impact in type 2 diabetes. Up to 85 percent of individuals, depending on the procedure that's performed, can be cured from their disease.
Bariatric surgery does require a careful evaluation process and long-term follow-up to minimize the risk of potential complications.