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Bariatric Surgery and Type 2 Diabetes

Bariatric Surgery and Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes is a serious condition that affects millions of people worldwide. If left untreated, it can lead to serious health problems such as heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and nerve damage.

This is why it’s crucial to take steps to manage Type 2 Diabetes, and bariatric surgery may be an option to consider. In what follows, we’ll be exploring what bariatric surgery is and why it may be a beneficial option for those with type 2 diabetes.

Withstanding bariatric surgery, it’s important to understand that there are other less-invasive treatment, management, and preventative measures patients can take under the supervision of a medical professional to further improve their outlook, including but not limited to lifestyle interventions and gastric balloon treatment.

Bariatric Surgery and its Benefits

Bariatric surgery is a weight-loss procedure that involves reducing the size of the stomach or bypassing part of the digestive system to help individuals lose weight. By losing weight, individuals with Type 2 Diabetes may also improve their glucose levels, insulin sensitivity, and overall health.

There are several types of bariatric surgery, including gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, and adjustable gastric banding. The type of surgery performed will depend on the individual’s specific needs and health history, however, all bariatric surgeries work by restricting the amount of food the stomach can hold, thus leading to weight loss and associated benefits.

The benefits of bariatric surgery:

Apart from weight loss, one of the most significant benefits of bariatric surgery for individuals with Type 2 Diabetes is the ability to lower glucose levels via improved insulin sensitivity which helps the body better regulate blood sugar levels.

Bariatric surgery can also lead to long-term benefits such as a reduced risk of heart disease, improved energy levels, and an overall improvement in quality of life.

The best candidates for bariatric surgery are individuals who are severely overweight or obese, have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or higher, or have a BMI of 35 or higher with one or more weight-related health problems, such as Type 2 Diabetes. It’s crucial to work with a qualified bariatric surgeon who can help determine if this procedure is right for you and develop a personalized treatment plan.

While bariatric surgery boasts many benefits, especially for those with Type 2 Diabetes, it doesn’t come without risk and it’s important to understand the potential complications that may arise.

Some common risks of bariatric surgery include:

  • bleeding and blood clots
  • infection
  • malnutrition

To minimize these risks, it’s essential to select a qualified bariatric surgeon who has experience performing the procedure and a track record of success.

Gastric Balloon Treatment

Another option to consider is gastric balloon treatment, which is a non-surgical procedure that involves inserting a balloon into the stomach to help individuals feel full faster and eat less.

The balloon is filled with a sterile saltwater solution and can remain in place for up to six months. Gastric balloon treatment has several advantages, including being less invasive, quicker recovery time, and no permanent changes to the digestive system. However, it’s important to consider the risks and considerations of this procedure, such as the possibility of the balloon deflating or becoming dislodged.

In Summary

Bariatric surgery is a highly effective treatment option for individuals with Type 2 Diabetes. By reducing the size of the stomach, improving insulin sensitivity, and leading to weight loss, bariatric surgery can significantly improve an individual’s health and quality of life.

If you’re considering bariatric surgery as a means of treating type 2 diabetes, it’s important to consult with a bariatric surgeon to determine which option is right for you. With the right treatment plan and the help of a qualified bariatric surgeon, it’s possible to successfully manage Type 2 Diabetes and achieve a healthier, happier life.

To find a bariatric center near you or to find a bariatric surgeon in Toronto, be sure to contact our team of doctors, nurses, coaches, and nutritionists at 416-630-1712 or 647-352-3233 for further aid and guidance.

Dr. Ashwin Maharaj obtained his undergraduate degree in Biology/Physiology from the University of Western Ontario (BSc). e became certified through is a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and was certified as fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and recently recertified. He is a member of the Canadian Association of General Surgeons. His current clinical interests are devoted to outpatient acute and chronic gastrointestinal medicine/surgery as well as abdominal wall hernia surgery and practices in certified facilities in Toronto. He has research experience in gastrointestinal disease as well as surgical education teaching resident surgeons and medical students.

Dr. Diana Magee completed her undergraduate education at Cornell University followed by a Master of Public Health degree at Boston University. She received her medical degree from Queen’s University and completed her urology residency at the University of Toronto. While in residency she enrolled in the Surgeon Scientist program and completed her Master of Science in Health Services Research. She completed her fellowship in urologic oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. Dr. Magee’s area of expertise is in the management of urologic cancers as well as performing minimally invasive surgery.

Dr. Pianezza completed his medical degree (MD) at the University of Ottawa in 2002. He became a member of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada (FRCSC). He then completed a one-year fellowship in minimally invasive surgery and endourology at the University of Alberta in Edmonton in 2008.

Dr. M. Pianezza has been a staff urologist in Sudbury at the Health Sciences North since January 2010. He was Head of Urology from February 2013 to September 2016. He is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.

Dr. Heimrath completed his medical school at the University of Ottawa, his surgical residency at McGill University, and his Endourology, Minimally Invasive, and Robotics Fellowship at the University of Toronto. Dr. Heimrath’s areas of expertise include the management of complex kidney stones and urologic cancers as well as performing minimally invasive surgery. Since 2016, Dr. Heimrath has worked overseas in Malawi and Rwanda to explore opportunities to build urologic and surgical capacity in the developing world. He is a partner in the Urology Global Surgery initiative at the University of Toronto and holds a lecturer appointment with the University of Toronto.


Procedures & Conditions Treated


Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is a clinical condition characterized by a malabsorption syndrome due to an increase in microorganisms within the small intestine.

Gastric ballon

The Clinic at Beverly Hills offers patients the option between two industry leading gastric balloon procedures. The traditional endoscopy guided Orbera Gastric Balloon and the revolutionary swallowable Allurion Gastric Balloon.

Laser Hemorrhoid Treatment

Hemorrhoids are a natural part of the human body and, when healthy, assist with the closure of the anus.

Hemorrhoids are vascular cushions that move blood to and from the anus and help support the function of the sphincter. Most people think of hemorrhoids as the disorder known as hemorrhoids or piles.

Stress Urinary Incontinence

Stress Urinary incontinence (SUI) means the uncontrollable loss of urine – an involuntary loss or leakage of urine during precipitating activities like coughing, laughing, sneezing, straining, exercising etc. Early signs of SUI are complaints relating to dysuria, frequency, and urgency. At TCBH Surgical Centre, we offer two treatment options for Stress Urinary Incontinence.


Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a condition in which your prostate grows in size. Your prostate is a gland that rests below your bladder and in front of your rectum. It’s about the size of a walnut, and it surrounds part of your urethra. Your urethra is a tube that carries urine and sperm (ejaculate) out of your body. If your prostate grows in size, it can prevent urine and ejaculation from passing through your urethra. BPH is not cancerous. However, symptoms of BPH may indicate more serious conditions, including prostate cancer. TCBH Surgical Centre provides two treatment options.

Rezum Water Therapy

How The Rezum™ Water Vapor Therapy Works

  • RezumTM Water Vapor Therapy is a novel technology that helps people who are suffering from BPH symptoms.
  • In each application, sterile water vapor is released to the targeted prostate tissue. When the steam turns back into the water, all the stored energy is released, causing the cells to die.
  • Over time, your body’s natural healing response removes the dead cells, shrinking the prostate. With the extra tissue removed, the urethra opens, reducing BPH symptoms.
  • The maximum benefit may occur within three months.
    Patients’ responses to treatment can and do vary.

Nanoknife for Prostate Cancer

NanoKnife or Irreversible Electroporation (IRE) consists of placing a number of electrodes into the prostate to surround the area of significant cancer.

Short pulses of electricity using very high voltage are passed between the electrodes. This causes micropores to occur in all cells, including the cancer cells, which lead to their death.

Dr. Luke Fazio is the current Chief of Urology at Humber River Hospital. Dr. Fazio received his medical degree from McGill University in 1999. Following this, he finished his Endourology and Minimally Invasive fellowship at the University of Toronto. As the Urology Medical Director, he has brought many minimally invasive programs to TCBH and is working on future projects. He currently sits on numerous committees and is an advocate for innovation in healthcare. He is the physician lead for the Da Vinci Robotic Surgery Program. He also is the Chair of the Innovation Committee.

Dr. Bhargava has a primary focus of providing care for her patients in the form of minimally invasive procedures and cutting edge technology. She is the Medical Director of TCBH Surgical Centre (The Clinic at Beverly Hills Healthcare) and has been instrumental in bringing Laser Hemorrhoid Treatment to her Centre.

Dr. Bhargava completed both her medical school and surgical residency at the University of Western Ontario. In addition to her Bariatric fellowship, she has also completed Minimally Invasive fellowship at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio.
Dr. Bhargava has published multiple research papers and lead articles.

Canadian Medical Association, Canadian Association of General Surgeons, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, and American Society of Bariatric Surgery