What is Metabolic Surgery?


Experiments were done in the last half of the 20th century to see if diseases like high lipids and cholesterol could be treated with surgical procedures such as intestinal bypass. In 1995, Dr. Walter Pories and his research team published an article titled “Who would have thought it? An operation proves to be the most effective therapy for adult-onset diabetes mellitus”. Since that landmark paper, much evidence has been accumulated showing that surgery can resolve or improve several metabolic diseases, especially adult-onset or Type 2 diabetes mellitus. Today, the term Metabolic Surgery is used to describe surgical procedures to treat metabolic diseases, especially, type 2 diabetes. The best-known metabolic surgery is the gastric bypass with over 50 years of experience with this procedure.