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Is a lap band surgery required if I have a high hba1c reading?

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In brief: No

A lap band is surgery to restrict the stomach to facilitate weight loss.
A high hga1c is a sign of poorly controlled blood sugars indicating you have diabetes. A lap band is not required. What is required is taking care of the diabetes so you dont have complications from the diabetes. Weight loss will help your blood suagr and diabetes but it should not be viewed as a cure.

In brief: No

A lap band is surgery to restrict the stomach to facilitate weight loss.
A high hga1c is a sign of poorly controlled blood sugars indicating you have diabetes. A lap band is not required. What is required is taking care of the diabetes so you dont have complications from the diabetes. Weight loss will help your blood suagr and diabetes but it should not be viewed as a cure.
Dr. Scott Grover
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Dr. David Yan
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

A high hba1c is more indicative that your blood sugar is not well controlled.
You should talk to you medical doctor or your endocrinologist to help you optimize your treatments. Getting a lap band is probably something you and your medical doctor should talk about.

In brief: No

A high hba1c is more indicative that your blood sugar is not well controlled.
You should talk to you medical doctor or your endocrinologist to help you optimize your treatments. Getting a lap band is probably something you and your medical doctor should talk about.
Dr. David Yan
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Dr. Gregg Nishi
Bariatrics

In brief: Diabetes

No. You don't any operation just because you have an elevated a1c (meaning you are a prediabetic or diabetic).
However, losing weight may help if you have type 2 diabetes, so any of the weight loss operations can help. If your goal is to pick the operation that would improve your a1c the most, the answer is the gastric bypass, which can improve or cure diabetes in nearly 90% of type 2 diabetics.

In brief: Diabetes

No. You don't any operation just because you have an elevated a1c (meaning you are a prediabetic or diabetic).
However, losing weight may help if you have type 2 diabetes, so any of the weight loss operations can help. If your goal is to pick the operation that would improve your a1c the most, the answer is the gastric bypass, which can improve or cure diabetes in nearly 90% of type 2 diabetics.
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In brief: No

But it is a great tool to lose weight and with dietary changes can reduce the blood sugar.

In brief: No

But it is a great tool to lose weight and with dietary changes can reduce the blood sugar.
Dr. Terry Simpson
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