Treating T2 diabetes with surgery: It works

For many years it has been recognised that certain surgical procedures to the stomach lead to remission of type 2 diabetes. However, until the advent of keyhole bariatric surgery, the operations were considered too drastic.

Over the last 10 years, the field of metabolic surgery has evolved to a mainstream specialty designed to treat Diabetes and other obesity related co-morbidities with minimum surgical risk and maximal resolution of metabolic disorders. There is now worldwide adoption of metabolic surgery for type 2 diabetes, except for the UK. Why?

Learning outcomes:

  • Metabolic surgery is a safe and effective treatment for type 2 diabetes in patients with obesity (no just morbid obesity)
  • Remission of diabetes is most often achieved if metabolic surgery is performed early in the disease course
  • Poorly compliant or poorly controlled patients should be referred early for metabolic surgery
  • Access to treatment has defined pathways and has received NICE approval

Wednesday 14th November 2018

12:50 - 13:20

Prevention & Obesity in Practice


Dr Shaw Somers
Consultant Surgeon & President, British Obesity & Metabolic Surgery Society (BOMSS)

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