Hospital da Luz Setúbal Surgeon Presents Research in International Congress

Hans Eickhoff, specialist in general and bariatric surgery from Hospital da Luz Setúbal, presented in the congress of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders, the first report of a research work on the metabolism of patients submitted to vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG) for stomach reduction.

Besides Hospital da Luz surgeon, this research on basic science involves specialists of Instituto da Imagem Biomédica e Ciências da Vida (IBILI), from Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de Coimbra – namely, Inês Neves, Daniela Marques, Diana Ribeiro, Tiago Rodrigues, Cristina Sena, Paulo Matafome and Raquel Seiça.

“We already know that bariatric surgery improves the metabolic health of patients in the treatment of obesity. What we are studying is how that mechanism proceeds, namely the function fulfilled by GLP-1 hormone over adipose tissue”, explains Hans Eickhoff.

For that purpose, the group resorted to an experimental model with mice with type 2 diabetes. In this work, it was concluded that vertical sleeve gastrectomy increases tolerance to glucose and sensitiveness to insulin, improving adipose tissue vascular dysfunction, in diabetes context associated with obesity.

The 22nd congress of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO) took place in London, between August 30 and September 2.

The report that was at the basis of the communication presented by Hans Eickhoff, was also published in Obesity Surgery, magazine of the specialty, under the title “Communication between intestine and adipose tissue after vertical sleeve gastrectomy in a type 2 diabetes animal model” (supplementary edition of July 2017).