Simple surgery can now cure non-obese diabetic patients

The technique and its results were scrutinised by the Journal of Surgical Innovations through a long assessment and published in its June 2015 edition.



By T.k. Devasia

Published: Thu 18 Jun 2015, 10:50 PM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 2:58 PM

Trivandrum: For the first time in the world, a hospital in Kerala has developed an innovative surgical procedure for resolution of diabetes in non-obese patients.

The minimally invasive hybrid ilel interposition surgery developed by Sunrise Hospital at Cochin was found effective in resolving diabetes in 80.48 per cent of 31 type II diabetes patients, on whom the procedure was performed.

The remaining 19.52 per cent patients exhibited a significant reduction in HbA1c, a test that gives accurate value of diabetic control over past few months. The body mass index (BMI) of the patients who underwent the surgery ranged from 21.8 kg/m2 to 29.8 kg/m2.

Metabolic surgery for resolution of diabetes was done only in obese patients with BMI above 35 kg/m2 until now. The new procedure makes available the benefit of surgical procedure to the non-obese groups.

The technique and its results were scrutinised by the Journal of Surgical Innovations through a long assessment and published in its June 2015 edition. Dr A Padmakumar, who spearheaded the innovation, termed the publication of the paper in the prestigious scientific journal as world recognition to the innovation.

He was also invited to demonstrate the technique at the IFSO (International Federation for the surgery of Obesity and metabolic disorders) World Congress at Canada and IASGO (International Association of Surgeons, Gastroenterologists and Oncologists) World Congress at Vienna.

He told reporters at Cochin on Wednesday that the new technique would be a big boon to non-obese patients as the procedures for resolution of diabetes in non-obese groups was rarely being practised world over. This, he said, was mainly because of the complexity of the laparoscopical ileal interposition, technical difficulty and high expense.

“We, at the Department of Minimally Invasive Surgery at Sunrise Hospital, did the much-awaited innovation — the hybrid technique-by which the procedure has become simpler, patient friendly, mimicable and less costly,” Dr Padmakumar said.

He said surgeons across the globe had started doing this technique for the good of their patients. It has brought a new successful dimension to the treatment of diabetes.

Dr Padmakumar claimed that 90 per cent of the patients will be able to discontinue diabetic medication after surgery and others will be getting excellent control of diabetes with significantly low dose of medicines than before.

Dr Hafeez Rahman, chairman of Sunrise Group of Hospitals, said the procedure would be great importance for India as it is progressing fast to be diabetic capital of world.

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