Diabetes Surgery Frequently Asked Questions
What is Type 2 diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. In Type 2 diabetes, the body does not produce enough insulin, which is necessary to be able to produce energy. When you eat food, the body breaks down all of the sugars and starches into glucose, the basic fuel for the cells in the body. Insulin takes the sugar from the blood into the cells. When glucose builds up in the blood instead of going into cells, it can lead to diabetes complications. Millions of Americans have been diagnosed with this disease.
Is it really possible to cure Type 2 diabetes through bariatric surgery?
New research has shown that metabolic surgery, often known as bariatric surgery, can be used to cure Type 2 diabetes. Studies have shown that patients who undergo this surgery can see complete remission of the disease. Patients at The Mount Sinai Hospital have credited this surgery for curing their Type 2 diabetes.
How does it work?
Researchers have found that this operation helps to control and even cure Type 2 diabetes. The surgery not only helps people lose weight, but the changes to the patients' anatomy following the surgery alter the levels of gut hormones that affect the metabolism of sugars and fats.
How do I know if my insurance will cover this surgery?
Nationally recognized guidelines state that obese Type 2 diabetics with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 35 (kg/m2) or greater are eligible to undergo surgery for their obesity. Those with a BMI of 30 or greater may undergo laparoscopic adjustable gastric band surgery. If you are unsure if you meet these guidelines, it's best to consult your surgeon.
What should I do if I want to learn more?
The Mount Sinai Hospital has a wonderful team of surgeons who perform bariatric surgery. You can consult our specialists to learn more.
Garlock Division of Surgery
General, Endocrine and Metabolic surgery
Fax: 212-202-4713 or 212-202-4995
5 East 98th Street
3rd Floor (Mail Box 1259)
New York, NY 10029