Rostov surgeons, together with colleagues from other cities, performed the country’s first interposition of the small intestine for the treatment of type 2 diabetes (T2DM). The operation took place within the framework of the scientific and practical conference “Interdisciplinary interaction as the basis for surgical treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus,” which started on September 28 in Rostov-on-Don.
“The very principle of treating type 2 diabetes surgically is not new,” says the head of the Center for the Surgery of Obesity and Diabetes 2 RCH YuOMTS FMBA of Russia . – We have been engaged in bariatric surgery in Rostov for many years, and a significant part of our patients treated for obesity are diagnosed with diabetes. During bariatric surgery, the parts of the small intestine are switched, causing the production of hormones that regulate digestion to change. Including insulin, which is much less than normal in diabetics, begins to be produced again. And in most cases, the symptoms of type 2 diabetes go away completely.”
The difference between the operation, which took place on September 28, is that it was performed on a patient with diabetes who was not obese. Small bowel interposition is considered a more complex type of intervention, but its result speaks for itself: blood sugar levels remain within normal limits without the use of medications.