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Diabetes Surgery Abroad

Diabetes Surgery in progressSurgical intervention is known to improve the condition of a diabetic patient.  If high costs are keeping you from getting desired healthcare services, you may consider getting diabetes surgery abroad.

Gastric bypass surgery in Mexico, for example, would be a lot more affordable than in the United States. Another option for surgically treating diabetes is a keyhole procedure known as laparoscopic ileal interposition.

  • As per the National Diabetes Fact Sheet 2007 released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, type 2 diabetes accounts for around 90% to 95% of all diagnosed cases of diabetes in adults in the United States.
  • Exercise and diet are usually advised for patients with diabetes.
  • But while these two measures can improve your health condition, they can’t be enough to cure diabetes.
  • Medical research has suggested that diabetes surgery, such as gastric bypass or laparoscopic ileal interposition, may relieve the sufferers of type 2 diabetes.

ScienceDaily.com reported that Dr. Francesco Rubino of NewYork – Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical had unveiled scientific evidence on the mechanisms of control of high blood sugar in diabetics after surgery. Dr. Rubino’s study, according to the report, proved that gastrointestinal bypass operations involving rerouting the gastrointestinal tract (i.e., gastric bypass) cause diminution of diabetes irrespective of any weight loss. It even helps in cases where the subjects that are not obese.

Diabetes Surgery – Some Facts

  • Type 2 diabetes is more common in adults, especially those who are obese (with body mass index or BMI exceeding 30 kg/m2).
  • According to a study called “Bariatric Surgery as a Novel Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus” by Meijer, Wagensveld, Siegert, Eringa and Serné published in the Archives of Surgery in June 2011, 83% of the people who had diabetes during bariatric surgery recovered from the condition. Gastric bypass for type 2 diabetes proved to be so effective that they didn’t have to continue taking medication.
  • A study conducted by Columbia University and Duke University, the results of which were published in Science Translational Medicine, explains that type 2 diabetes surgery in the form of gastric bypass abates the disease because the surgery changes the body’s metabolism. This change in metabolism is brought about by the surgery in a way dieting cannot.
  • According to a paper by DePaula AL, Macedo AL, Mota BR, Schraibman V. published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine, 95.7% of the participants of the study who had laparoscopic ileal interposition recovered from diabetes.
  • Also known as small intestinal switch, this procedure clips the end of the small intestine to the top of the organ. This causes the secretion of the hormone Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), which causes pancreas to secrete insulin.
  • Diabetes and hypertension are the double whammy of complicating diseases related to obesity. Like diabetes, weight loss surgery can help cure hypertension.
  • According to a study called “Diabetes and Hypertension in Severe Obesity and Effects of Gastric Bypass Induced Weight Loss” by Sugerman, Wolfe, Sica and Clore, published in the Annals of Surgery, 69% of hypertensive people who went through bariatric surgery recovered from the condition.

Advantages of Getting Diabetes Surgery Abroad

  • Medical TourismThe most enticing reason to get weight control surgery abroad to cure diabetes is the more affordable prices. Same goes for ileal interposition.
  • Depending on where you go, prices might just be half of what diabetes and surgery cost in the United States and other first-world nations.
  • Exact prices also depend on the hospital and the doctors that attend you.
  • Many private insurance companies in the United States do not reimburse expenses incurred by bariatric and diabetes surgery; and since the procedure costs a lot, people are opting to travel overseas to avail it at a cheaper price.
  • If you’re due for a holiday anyway, getting weight loss surgery abroad means you can go on a vacation after you recover.

Disadvantages of Getting Diabetes Surgery Abroad

  • A huge disadvantage of getting weight control surgery abroad for diabetes is that you might have to go there alone.
  • For post-op check-ups, you would have to rely on a doctor where you live, because chances are you can’t go back to the surgeon who operated on you. Make sure you have a doctor you can trust back home!
  • If you’re concerned about language barriers, do your research about each country that’s a possible option for you.
  • There might also be some concerns regarding sanitation and quality of type 2 diabetes surgery you get. But as long as you ask the right people and do your research, you have nothing to worry about.


Getting diabetes surgery abroad is a big decision for anyone. Weigh your pros and cons, and examine your options, going for it could be a big turning point in your life.

Bariatric Surgery World facilitates affordable diabetes surgery in  India, Mexico, Belgium, Jordan, and Costa Rica. For more information and FREE quote, submit the estimate–request form on the right.