Abdominal tube Therapy for diabetes

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Implanted intestinal barrier as a new treatment method for type 2 diabetes

A new treatment method for overweight type 2 diabetics is offered at the Leipzig University Hospital, which in the best case can completely replace the use of medication for diabetes therapy. The head of Interdisciplinary Central Endoscopy at the Clinic for Gastroenterology and Rheumatology, Dr. Albrecht Hoffmeister that “with EndoBarrier therapy, blood sugar levels can be drastically improved” and that the weight of the treated patients can also be significantly reduced.

According to the university hospital, the EndoBarrier is "a very thin tube that is placed in the small intestine and delays the digestion of food." The procedure should initially be offered to 20 patients free of charge. However, the new treatment method is not suitable for all overweight type 2 diabetics, which is why the interested parties are of course examined in detail and selected according to exact criteria, emphasized the senior physician Dr. Albrecht Hoffmeister. For example, the procedure is unsuitable if the patient is taking anticoagulants or has already undergone gastric or intestinal surgery.

Gut barrier is implanted in the course of a gastroscopy. The EndoBarrier can then be implanted in the patient in the course of a gastroscopy. "No surgery is required when inserting or removing," the university hospital said. However, "anesthesia is performed when the patient is inserted so that the patient does not feel any discomfort." After the implantation at the Leipzig University Hospital, the patients are closely monitored in cooperation with the Clinic for Endocrinology, with a monthly check to see how sugar levels and weight develop reports the university hospital. After the patient has carried the EndoBarrier for a year, the clinic says it will be removed. This is also done by an endoscopy specialist, and the EndoBarrier is removed "again under general anesthesia."

Surprisingly good results of the new treatment method According to Dr. Albrecht Hoffmeister, the first results of the new treatment method "are surprisingly good and have exceeded our expectations." The physician further explained that the metabolic situation in the treated patients had improved significantly and "some no longer needed medication for diabetes therapy". Furthermore, the "weight loss is due in particular to the loss of adipose tissue", explained Hoffmeister and added: "We measured that in particular." Patients who suffer from type 2 diabetes mellitus and are overweight can, if they are interested in the new treatment concept telephone number 0341/97 12 221 for interdisciplinary central endoscopy at Leipzig University Hospital. (fp)

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