Dr. Stanczyk discusses what women should know about the research she has conducted on bariatric surgery and comorbidities.
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Comorbidities and Bariatric Surgery Research So we did research in regard of comorbidities and resolution of different comorbidities offering different types of bariatric surgery. There are many types of bariatric surgery that you can do, and all of them, especially gastric bypass, biliopancreatic diversion, or LAP-BAND, have a different mechanism of how they work and how we lose weight and how much of weight we will lose. And also it has a different impact on the resolution of comorbidities. We did this study and similar study were done by different centers. We found that the best resolution of diabetes we can achieve after biliopancreatic diversion and gastric bypass. We found that diabetes, hypertension and especially sleep apnea, will resolve in almost 90% of our patients. I also did a research with Dr. Fobi in different aspects of resolution of the weight and comorbidities, as well as outcome after gastric bypasses, and we compared the gastric bypass, which is banded and non-banded, and weight resolution in long-term. That’s very fascinating and still ongoing. There is many other research going on right now in the world trying to figure it out -- because we’re trying to explain why diabetes resolves after gastric bypass. It’s very fascinating. We know a little that we are trained to get more information. We know that gastric tract right now, it’s not just an organ which is purely for the absorption of the food. It’s also very active hormonal organ, and it makes more than 20 different hormones. We know that fat tissue is a very active hormonal organ and that being obese, it takes a very big role on your response, inflammatory response, hormonal response. It just affects your entire body, not only one system.