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You know that type 2 diabetes is a serious disease. But, you might not know that weight loss (metabolic) surgery:

  • Is the only treatment for diabetes that for nearly all cases results in major improvement or complete remission of diabetes;
  • Has been endorsed by the American Diabetes Association and many other diabetes organizations as a very important treatment option; and,
  • Weight loss surgery can be most effective for treating diabetes when it is first diagnosed or in early stages.

“With only a 1-2 days stay in the hospital and return to work in 2 weeks, metabolic surgery is a relatively low risk procedure, like gallbladder surgery, and can put type 2 diabetes into complete remission or major improvement allowing reduction or elimination of diabetes medications, including insulin” – Dr. Phil Schauer

Living With Type 2 Diabetes

No matter where you are on your diabetes journey, we want to talk with you about your quality of life and what you would like to see change. We know taking medications can be challenging, expensive and raise other issues. And for those who need to make the transition to insulin treatment, many feel anxiety by having to do injections and can get overwhelmed by the disruption to their daily routine.

Burden of Diabetes:

  • The leading cause of:
    • New blindness among adults
    • Kidney failure
    • Non-traumatic lower-limb amputations
  • Increases the risk of heart attack and stroke by 100% to 400%
  • Mortality rate is 2-4 times greater than non-diabetic people of the same age
  • 7th leading cause of death
  • Men with diabetes are three times more likely to have ED (erectile dysfunction)

“As a medical doctor, I know of no more effective treatment for type 2 diabetes than metabolic (bariatric) surgery. It can significantly reduce your risk of heart attack, stroke, kidney disease or death from diabetes” – Dr. Raoul Manalac

Benefits of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery

We look forward to speaking with you about your specific situation and creating a treatment program that's best for you given your condition and what is important to you. This may include lifestyle modifications, medications, and surgery, of which there are several options.

For most, life after bariatric and metabolic surgery has many benefits, including:

  • Lowering your blood sugar close to normal or near normal levels
  • Less medications! Weight loss surgery can reduce both the dosage and types of medicines you need to take, especially insulin!
  • Weight loss – excess weight is a major contributor to diabetes
  • Improving health problems related to diabetes such as high blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Better Quality of Life – less fatigue, more energy, increased activity
  • Remission – in up to 78 percent of individuals – which is a fancy way of saying that the procedure was so successful that in nearly 8 out of 10 people who had the surgery, their blood sugar levels returned to normal and they no longer needed to take any diabetes medications!


How does surgery affect the lives of real people? Here is Lisa Schaffer, a real patient with real results. See the difference it made in her life for yourself.



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Dr. Schauer and Lisa Shaffer, 10 years after Gastric Bypass and complete remission of diabetes.