Getting the Skinny on Weight Loss Surgery

by Scott A. Cunneen, MD, FACS, FASMBS, Director of Bariatric Surgery, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles

and Nancy Sayles Kaneshiro

21 Things...

These days, you can hardly have a discussion about diabetes without the inclusion of obesity in the same breath. Each disease can contribute to the other and both are considered to be at  epidemic proportions as two-thirds of the American public struggle with their weight.


              In 21 Things You Need to Know about Diabetes and Weight-Loss Surgery (American Diabetes Association), noted  surgeon Dr. Scott Cunneen, director of metabolic and bariatric surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, continues his mission to educate patients on the surgical procedures that, collectively, are now considered to be an effective and durable “treatment” for   diabetes.  Having performed thousands of weight loss operations at a world-renowned medical center, Dr. Cunneen is uniquely qualified to give readers information on the top three metabolic surgical procedures done today – gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy and, to a lesser extent, the adjustable gastric band -- and he does so in a conversational tone using language we can all  understand.  He’ll tell you what you can expect from each surgery and what kind of commitment and lifestyle changes are expected of you.   


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♦Which procedure, if any, may be right for you.                                                                                                                                                                     

♦The immediate as well as long term effect of weight loss surgery on blood glucose levels.                                                                                               

♦Why weight loss surgery is neither “the quick fix” nor the “easy way out."                                                                                                                           

♦The lifestyle changes and level of commitment required by you for long term success.   


♦Strategic tips from a registered dietician/nutritionist to help you choose, plan and track your food for optimum results.


            A welcome addition to the American Diabetes Association’s acclaimed 21 Things You Need to Know series, this book will serve as an invaluable resource for anyone with diabetes who is having difficulty reaching and maintaining a weight loss sufficient to improve long-term glucose control.  It is Dr. Cunneen’s wish is that the book will open discussions between patients and their own physicians about these procedures that could very well result in improvement or even resolution of diabetes, hypertension or heart disease, helping them to live more active, healthier and even longer lives.


            21 Things You Need to Know About Diabetes and Weight-Loss Surgery — for many, the first important step to reclaiming good health!