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Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) February 15, 2013
Bariatric surgery is gaining a reputation as a viable method for long-term weight loss, and is supported by many recent studies. In August 2012, study findings on Swedish patients revealed the benefits of bariatric surgery on severely obese patients for prevention of type 2 diabetes. The study was conducted at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden by a team led by Professors Lars Sjöström and Lena Carlsson. Bariatric surgeon Dr. Madan points to this study as an indication that the LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System (LAP-BAND®), among other gastric surgical procedures, can aid in reduction of unhealthy weight and glucose levels that may lead to type 2 diabetes.
This study was designed to test whether or not bariatric surgery impacted the risk of contracting type 2 diabetes, rather than studying patients who had an existing condition of type 2 diabetes. The study included two groups in the high risk category for type 2 diabetes. One group of 1658 patients went through bariatric surgery, including gastric banding, gastric bypass, and vertical banded gastroplasty. The control group of 1771 patients engaged in traditional weight-loss methods of diet control and increased exercise. In both groups, the average BMI was over 30. The men's average BMI was 34 and the women's average BMI was 38. Patient ages ranged from the upper 30's to age 60. As a LAP-BAND® surgeon with experience in over 2,000 laparoscopic gastric bypasses and gastric banding procedures, Dr. Madan cautions patients on complications that may arise in surgery. Staple-line failure and weight regain post-surgery can hamper positive results in bariatric surgery, he says, noting that nearly 3% of the Swedish patients required re-operation with a 90-day time frame due to post-operative conditions.
However, said Dr. Madan, bariatric surgery or gastric banding such as the LAP-BAND® system may be the most effective method for preventing type 2 diabetes. The Swedish study indicated an 80% reduction in the risk for contracting type 2 diabetes. Out of the 1658 patients who opted for surgery, only 110 people contracted type 2 diabetes. By marked contrast, 392 people out of the 1771 patients who went through traditional methods of dealing with obesity contracted type 2 diabetes. The follow-up period with patients lasted 15 years, although it is also worth mentioning that over 36% of the initial study participants were no longer involved after 15 years, and slightly over 30% had not yet engaged in the final follow-up examination. Dr. Madan agrees with Professor Sjöström that an 80% risk reduction for diabetes is an unusually large figure, and that weight reduction is important for the prevention of diabetes. Dr. Madan notes that permanent weight loss can also reduce risk factors for other life-altering conditions such as cardiovascular disease, some varietals of cancer, and high blood pressure related to high cholesterol levels.
Dr. Madan has written 175 articles, and was the first in Memphis to perform a laparoscopic gastric bypass. To date, he has performed over, and was first to offer an incision-less treatment for post-operative weight gain. As the former Chief of Laparoendoscopic and Bariatric Surgery Division at the University of Miami, Dr. Atul Madan may well be considered an expert in his field. Dr. Madan won the 2007 SAGES Young Investigator Award, was honored by the American Medical Association Physican's Recognition Award, among others. Dr. Madan's patient reviews are consistently high, and he received the 2011 and 2012 Patients' Choice Award.
For more information on Dr. Atul Madan or the LAP-BAND procedure, call 1-800-472-4900, or review more on Dr. Madan on http://dr-madan.com/.