What’s the Difference Between Panniculectomy and Tummy Tuck

Panniculectomy Surgery: What Is It?

The word “panniculectomy” means “to cut out or remove part of the pancreas.” This is a common operation performed on patients with type 2 diabetes. The pancreas produces hormones which regulate blood sugar levels. When these hormones are not produced properly, then the body becomes diabetic. Diabetes is a chronic disease which causes the body’s ability to function deteriorate over time. A person with type 2 diabetes will need regular medical attention in order to prevent complications from developing into death.

In addition, a person with type 2 diabetes may experience other health problems such as high cholesterol levels, kidney failure, heart attack and stroke. These conditions are often related to poor control of blood sugar levels. The pancreas is one of the organs affected by insulin resistance. Insulin is a hormone secreted by the liver that regulates blood sugar levels.

People with type 2 diabetes have less activity in their bodies’ ability to produce insulin due to genetic factors or because they do not eat enough healthy foods.

How Does Panniculectomy Work?

When someone has type 2 diabetes, their body does not make enough insulin. As a result, blood sugar levels can rise to dangerous levels. For example, when the body breaks down sugars for energy, it produces a lot of waste material called “pyruvate.” When the liver receives too much pyruvate, it cannot process it effectively. As a result, the liver will turn the excess pyruvate into fat which is stored in the body’s cells.

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