Weight loss surgery offers hope to diabetics

Dr. William Chapman

Dr. William Chapman

The Bariatric Surgery center at East Carolina University is internationally renowned for clinical care of patients seeking surgical weight loss and for significant contributions to research focused on obesity and diabetes.

The observation that gastric bypass surgery is a treatment and possible cure for Type 2 diabetes was first made in the 1980s at East Carolina by Dr. Walter Pories, the founding director of the center. His findings garnered national attention and ECU became one of only six universities to participate in the only large prospective United States study of bariatric surgery funded by the National Institutes of Health.

“Continued research verifies that surgery can cure diabetes in a considerable number of patients, overcoming the belief that diabetes is a ‘hopeless disease,’” said ECU bariatric surgeon Dr. Konstantinos Spaniolas.

“These exciting findings join many others that demonstrate significant improvements in hypertension, blood lipid abnormalities, sleep apnea, heartburn and other conditions,” Spaniolas added. “After bariatric surgery, patients are much less likely to develop strokes, heart attacks and even cancer.”

ECU’s bariatric surgery team has performed thousands of surgeries, and patients who entrust their treatment to ECU’s program can expect personalized, high-quality, state-of-the-art care. Spaniolas and his colleague Dr. William Chapman perform the full range of bariatric surgeries with excellent outcomes. The use of minimally invasive methods minimizes the risk of these procedures, and patients can return home with no discomfort after 1-3 days in the hospital.

Interested individuals are invited to attend one of the free information sessions offered the second Thursday of every month at 5:00 p.m. in the Brody Health Sciences Building, located at 600 Moye Boulevard – or to schedule a one-on-one consultation with a surgeon at the Bariatric Surgery center, located at 517 Moye Boulevard.

For additional information or to make an appointment, please call 252-744-2018, email weightlosssurgery@ecu.edu or visit www.ecu.edu/weightlosssurgery.