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Are You a Good Candidate for Metabolic Surgery?

by Columbia Surgery on April 12, 2013

Metabolic syndrome is one of the fastest growing obesity-related health concerns in the United States. Currently over 50 million people can be diagnosed with metabolic syndrome. But as metabolic syndrome is still a relatively new term, many people are not yet familiar with what it means to them and its associated increased risk for the development of more serious, chronic conditions.

What is Metabolic Syndrome?Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is the combination of several medical problems associated with morbid obesity. In addition to obesity, these conditions include:

      • high blood pressure
      • glucose intolerance/insulin resistance
      • excess body fat
      • high cholesterol

In addition to the above conditions, people with metabolic syndrome are twice as likely to develop heart disease, and five times as likely to develop diabetes, compared to those who don’t have metabolic syndrome.

How is Metabolic Surgery Used in the Treatment of Metabolic Syndrome and Other Related Diseases?

Metabolic surgery is the treatment of metabolic abnormalities with surgical alteration of the gut anatomy, leading to improvement in the metabolic syndrome, fatty liver disease, and type 2 diabetes. Operations include bariatric surgeries such as:

      • Sleeve Gastrectomy
      • Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
      • Biliopancreatic Diversion/Duodenal Switch

For certain cases, studies have shown that surgically induced weight loss has been more successful than medical treatment in managing these diseases. Some of the success of the operations is due to the associated weight loss caused by the surgery but some of these operations induce changes in gut hormones, which is believed have a role in the development of type 2 diabetes.

What Do I Need to Know about Metabolic Surgery?  Who Can I Talk to if I Have Just Been Diagnosed with Metabolic Syndrome and am Considering Metabolic Surgery?

Join us April 19th at 2:00 PM/ET for our next Blog Talk Radio episode with:

Melissa Bagloo, MD

Melissa Bagloo, MD

      • Melissa Bagloo, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia’s Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery

How do I Participate in this Program? What will be Discussed?

Dr. Bagloo will be on the air answering your questions about metabolic surgery and how it benefits metabolic syndrome. Topics to be addressed include:

      • What are the risk factors and symptoms of metabolic syndrome?
      • What are my treatment options for metabolic syndrome and why should I consider metabolic surgery?
      • What are the different metabolic surgery options available and how do I know which one is right for me?
      • How quickly can I expect to see results from metabolic surgery?

To submit a question for Dr. Bagloo before the show, visit our question submission form or tweet an “@” reply to @columbiasurgery.

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For patients with type 1 diabetes, a pancreas transplant can mean a life free from testing blood sugar, taking insulin, and the constant threat of dangerous fluctuations in blood glucose. In February 2013,  NYP/Columbia’s Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Program performed three pancreas transplants within 36 hours. Read about two such patients whose lives had revolved around maintaining good control of their diabetes for decades. After their pancreas transplants, they are gratefully adjusting to a new, insulin-free lifestyle.

See separate stories on everydayhealth.com and NY1.com.

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