Significantly reduced lifetime medical expenses. Exclusively for the obese population. Unbelievable, isn’t it? But absolutely possible.
Well we all know that adjustable gastric banding is one of the cheapest form of surgery opted by excessive fat individuals. A recent study by Australian experts that lap band surgery puts diabetics into remission for many years, increases the length and quality of their lives and saves them ample money.
The research has been published in the journal DiabetesCare. 60 obese human subjects with early type 2 diabetes were chosen for the study. They were divided into two groups. One underwent gastric band operations and the other were treated using conventional methods.
Surgical-therapy patients would spend 11.4 years in remission, compared with 2.1 years for conventional-therapy patients. They would live 15.7 years, compared with 14.5 years. And the lifetime costs of their treatment would total $98,900, compared with $101,400. In addition there are other numerous lifestyle improvements related to the surgical therapy which were not taken into consideration.
But it involves a number of risks and side effects. Experts warn people to avoid it. It should be the last resort for the morbidly obese. Also not everyone will have the same successful story after the surgery.
According to Dr Leon Massage, medical director of the Body Metabolism Institute, “There are people who require (gastric band surgery) once they have tried everything, but they should be aware it is not a silver bullet that will fix them overnight.”