Type 2 Diabetes
If you have type 2 diabetes and a body mass index (BMI) Reference greater than 35 Opens New Window Reference Opens New Window, Reference weight loss surgery Opens New Window may help you lose weight and improve your type 2 diabetes control.Reference 1
Studies show that the large weight loss provided by stomach surgery (bariatric surgery) improves blood sugar control in people who are very overweight.Reference 1
Surgery for diabetes complications
Some complications from type 2 diabetes may need surgical treatment. For example:
- Surgery to remove the Reference vitreous gel Opens New Window (vitrectomy) may be needed for Reference diabetic retinopathy Opens New Window Reference Opens New Window.
- Foot problems caused by diabetic neuropathy may lead to a need for amputation.
- Reference Cardiovascular Opens New Window Reference Opens New Window problems may require heart surgery.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference December 28, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Jennifer Hone, MD - Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism