Gastric bypass surgery is one of a range of bariatric or weight loss procedures used to combat morbid obesity. It combines the creation of a small stomach pouch to restrict food intake and the construction of bypasses of the duodenum and other segments of the small intestines to decrease the ability to absorb calories and nutrients from food.
Diabetes was cured or significantly improved in more than 80 per cent of patients who underwent obesity surgery, an Irish/British study has found. Consultant laparoscopic and bariatric surgeon at the Bon Secours Hospital in Cork, Dr Colm O'Boyle, led the research. "This shows bariatric surgery is very effective for the treatment of both insulin- and non-insulin dependent diabetes in morbidly obese patients," he said.
The Republic should have a series of regional obesity surgery centres, instead of just one, a leading specialist has said. Consultant laparoscopic and bariatric surgeon at the Bon Secours Hospital in Cork, Mr Colm O'Boyle said Irish people were going to the UK "in their droves" for gastric band and gastric bypass surgery.
Up to 60,000 Irish people could now be eligible for obesity surgery. Consultant laparoscopic and bariatric surgeon at the Bon Secours Hospital in Cork, Mr Colm O'Boyle, said between one and two per cent of the UK population was morbidly obese.
Clinical Update - Diabetes: Bariatic surgeons have been aware for some time that the effects of bypass surgery on diabetes are dramatic. Traditionally, patients referred for such surgery have had a BMI of 35kg/m2 and above. Improvement has been observed in the diabetes of 100 per cent of gastric bypass patients who have undergone this surgery in Cork.