Mr. Vijay Deshpande, who was suffering from uncontrolled Diabetes for 15 years with over 60 units of Insulin, underwent Gastric Bypass in 2005. He remains in remission even now, 12 years after his surgery. "I have almost forgotten that I had diabetes since I am not on any medicines for the last 12 years and my blood sugar levels are normal," said Mr. Deshpande.
Even though the term cure cannot be used for diseases like cancer, blood pressure, diabetes mellitus, etc, results of Bariatric Surgery have compelled the American Diabetes Association to consider the definition of cure for Type II Diabetes in the form of complete long-term remission beyond 5 years. The American Diabetes Association's paper published in the Diabetes Care journal defined diabetes remission as achieving normal blood glucose level below the diabetic range without medications. Prolonged remission was defined as remission lasting for more than 5 years can operationally be considered as cure. Even though there is a likelihood of relapse, there would be many patients who could enjoy long- term health benefits of remission/cure.
Over 5,000 patients have undergone Bariatric Surgery at Laparo Obeso Centre since 2004 and over 35% of them had Type II Diabetes and 60% of them can be defined to have 5 years remission or practically cured of Type II Diabetes.
Manali Desai, a 30-year-old lady came to Laparo Obeso Centre with Type II Diabetes and was fighting various challenges to control the same and required Insulin. She is enjoying a diabetes-free diet for the last 12 years after undergoing Gastric Bypass in 2006 at Laparo Obeso Centre. "I had never imagined that Diabetes cure is possible till Dr. Patwardhan from Miraj certified it for me 6 years after my Gastric Bypass," Manali said.
I always wondered whether diabetes cure is a myth or a reality, says Dr. Shashank Shah
. "Even though the literal meaning of cure is different, I changed my mind after witnessing the long-term results. When someone with severe diabetes of long duration like Mrs. Manali remains to have normal blood sugar levels ie., within the non-diabetic range, for over 10 years without any treatment I cannot resist myself from saying that she is cured of diabetes for 10 years. Even though The American Diabetes Association defined cure after 5 years, I looked at almost double that duration before getting myself convinced. The intention behind such a definition or terminology is not to claim 'cure', but to endorse results of long-term remission in the minds of patients as well as clinicians. Data suggests that less than 1% of the population, scientifically eligible for metabolic and bariatric surgery, undergo bariatric surgery in India. Millions of patients with diabetes and BMI above 35 are still unaware of this choice of treatment or they have not even been suggested this as an option of treatment. In fact, the American Diabetes Association's latest guidelines published in 2017 have clearly offered metabolic surgery as treatment for patients with BMI more than 30 and uncontrolled diabetes."
Dr. Shashank Shah's Laparo Obeso Centre, a comprehensive healthcare centre for the treatment of Obesity and Type II Diabetes happens to be the first centre in India to be certified as the International Centre of Excellence (2005) and also the first Bariatric training facility in the country. Recently in the Times of India Survey, the hospital was ranked #1 hospital in Maharashtra and among the top 5 Hospitals in the country.
Dr. Shashank Shah is a certified Surgeon of Excellence by the Surgical Review Corporation (SRC), USA and has received two prestigious awards for surgical treatment of Type II Diabetes namely, The American Diabetes Association's 'Vivian Fonseca Scholar Award ' and the 'Dr Jaipal Singh Oration Award' by the Association of Surgeons of India.
About Laparo Obeso Centre Laparo Obeso Centre, Pune and Laparo Obeso Centre at Hinduja Healthcare Surgicals, Khar (W) Mumbai.
It is one of the highest volume centers for Bariatric Surgery in Asia
It has to its credit the highest number of publications on Bariatric and Metabolic Surgeries from any one unit in India. It is known for pioneering Sleeve Gastrectomy in Asia. Apart from the other records, one recent highlight is treating successfully the 'Indian EMAM' who weighed 300kgs and had almost the same history and getting her to a normal life after a massive weight loss of 200kgs which could be the highest weight loss by any patient so far reported in Asia. Click here
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