Edinburgh Surgeon Mr Bruce Tulloh performs Scotland's first 'diabetic cure' procedure

Edinburgh is a city of medical firsts, from the pioneering of safer surgery and anasethesia, to the treatment of disease.

The city, rich in medical heritage, has become home to yet another first - a surgical procedure that can 'cure' diabetes. Edinburgh Surgeon Mr Bruce Tulloh has led a team of surgeons to fit Scotland's first 'EndoBarrier' - a thin plastic tube that lines the patient's intestine, creating a barrier between food and the intestinal lining. The EndoBarrier prevents food from coming into contact with up to 24 inches of the intestinal lining, which in a normal intestinal tract alerts key hormones that are involved in insulin production, the metabolism of sugar, and the creation of feeling 'full' after eating. The procedure is non-pharmaceutical, and can be used in patients with uncontrolled type 2 diabetes. Initial studies by the EndoBarrier producer have suggested that the benefits of the procedure can be maintained even after it has been removed at one year, and can include weight loss.

The procedure was carried out at the private Spire Murrayfield Hospital in Edinburgh.

To find out more about this procedure and Mr Tulloh's involvement, click here to visit The Scotsman news website.

Date: 11/06/2013
By: Hope Robertson