Diabetes & Lap-Band
Obesity is one of the primary causes of type 2 diabetes. Discover why Lap-Band surgery could be the best alternative for treating both obesity and this form of diabetes in adults.
What is Lap-Band Surgery?
Lap-Band surgery is a procedure that involves the placement of a band around the stomach, thereby reducing its size and decreasing its capacity to hold food. When the size of your stomach is reduced, you are not able to eat as much food. You consume fewer calories and in turn lose weight.
When performed on type 2 diabetics, Lap-Band surgery may ease or eliminate the symptoms of this illness as the patients recover. A recent study indicated that 62 percent of Lap-Band surgery patients were able to decrease the amount or halt entirely the medications they were taking for type 2 diabetes.
Before you ask your doctor about undergoing Lap-Band surgery, however, you should learn who makes the ideal candidate for the procedure. You also should learn what the risks are and what to expect during your recovery.
Candidacy for Type 2 Diabetes Lap-Band Surgery
Surgeons are required to ensure the candidacy of Type 2 diabetic patients who want to undergo lap band surgery. The ideal candidate must:
- Have a BMI of 40 or over
- Have a BMI of 35 or over that is also linked to sleep apnea or heart disease
- Have not been able to lose weight through other means like dieting or exercise
- Understand the risks and expectations associated with Lap-Band surgery
If you meet these criteria, you may be approved to undergo Lap-Band surgery for your type 2 diabetes. You can prepare now by learning what risks to anticipate as a patient and what to expect as you recover from your procedure.
Are There Risks?
Like any surgery, there are possible risks involved. It is imperative that you follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions. You must rest and take all medications as prescribed to you to maintain your glucose levels and minimize pain.