By Jay Polk
AMERICUS, GA- Millions of Americans are overweight and many of them stand a good chance of developing Type 2 diabetes.
For those who are considered to be morbidly obese - meaning that they are between 80 and 100 pounds overweight, medicine used to be the answer to control their diabetes.
But recent research shows surgery can sometimes be a better option and a new procedure at Phoebe Sumter hospital shows promise in fighting the disease.
While there are some risks, there are great benefits if the surgery is successful.
Dr. Sean Sheff, a Phoebe Sumter Surgeon who performs the surgery said that patients: "tend to lose 60 to 80 per cent of your excess body weight, so if you're 100 pounds overweight you're talking about 60 to 80 pounds. You can get rid of reflux, you can get rid of diabetes. And a large majority of patients will have this."
Recovery time from the surgery is typically a couple of days, but Dr. Sheff says that not taking care of diabetes can shorten the life span of a person with the disease by at least a decade.