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Sunday, December 31, 2006

Surgery can cure diabetes

EMINENT SURGEON from USA, Dr. Subhash Kini said that the time was not far when a permanent cure of diabetes would be in the hands of surgeons.

He was delivering a lecture on ‘Can surgery cure diabetes’ on the fifth-day of six-day annual conference of Association of Surgeons of India ‘ASICON-06’ at Swatantrata Bhawan in Banaras Hindu University here on Friday.

Dr Kini said that bypass operations were successfully performed on those patients suffering from diabetes-2 and whose body mass index is more than 35.

“The idea of operation is that extra glucose is not absorbed in the body but after the operation, the insulin of the body, which is resistant to act on glucose, digest the glucose,” he claimed.

He said that it was difficult to perform operation on those patients whose body mass index is less than 30. “For such cases, many operations are under trial but still not foolproof,” he said. He said that surgery could save a considerable number of lives as around 2 lakh people dies of diabetes each year in India and USA alone.

A symposium on ‘Management of gastroesophageal reflux disease-current status’ was also organised in which Dr. Hansa Shahi, Dr. Dinesh Singh and Dr. Praveen Bhatia were the resource persons. Delivering his lecture, Dr. Praveen Bhatia said, “Those who are not willing to unlearn, learn and relearn will be considered as illiterate in 21st century.”

Dr. Sanjay Narhari of Mumbai delivered a lecture on ‘Minimal access surgery in children’ whereas Dr. Indru Khubchandani of USA dwelt upon ‘Pruritus ANI: Many presentation of itchy bottom’. Dr Balvinder Singh discussed about ‘Laparoscopic colorectal surgery’.

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