December 1, 2012

Gastric Bypass Surgery in a Bottle

Bijal Trivedi, Discover

AP Photo

Garbed in a blue surgical robe, mask, and cap, Dr. Julio Teixeira stands over a supersize operating table where Nancy Rubio’s orblike belly erupts through a rectangular opening in sterile blue sheets. He grips two long metal rods, looking as if he were poised for a game of foosball, but his actions are methodical and gentle while his eyes intensely study one of the two large, flat screens that flank Rubio’s body. Teixeira, an expert at this kind of minimally invasive procedure, is performing gastric bypass surgery, one of America’s most common operations. But he also may be curing his patient of type 2 diabetes, literally overnight.

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TAGGED: Type 2 Diabetes, Diabetes, Surgery, Gastric Bypass