written by Laura Newman
May 11, 2009 — Bariatric surgery resolves type 2 diabetes mellitus in at least three quarters of obese patients within weeks of surgery, but a surgical alternative for the treatment of type 2 diabetes in nonobese people has yet to reach the clinic. Laparoscopic duodenojejunal bypass (LDJB) is emerging as a surgery that might ultimately prove to be a feasible treatment for diabetes. However, thus far, it has only been used in a handful of people, all in investigational settings. Marcos Berry, MD, a surgeon from the Bariatric Surgical Unit, Clinica las Condes in Santiago, Chile, presented promising results with the technique at the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons 2009 Annual Scientific Session and Postgraduate Course in Phoenix, Arizona.
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