Weight Loss Surgery

Weight-loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, is a successful technique for some people to treat their obesity or severe obesity. If you’re considering weight-loss surgery, you’ve probably got a lot of questions. Get the information you need to make an informed choice with your doctor about whether this surgery is best for you.

Is weight loss surgery appropriate for me?

Weight loss surgery is based on a number of factors, including your weight and Body Mass Index (BMI) and any other health issues (co-morbidities) that you may have.

For some people, no amount of modifications to their food, nutrition, exercise, or diabetic condition can help them lose weight.

Weight loss through bariatric surgery may be appropriate for you if you sit within the eligibility criteria below. However, if you are unsure, please contact our weight contact centre for more information.

  • Patients who have a body mass index (BMI) of over 40
  • Patients with a BMI of 35 to 40, who have medical disorders (co-morbidities) that might improve with weight loss. Some examples of these are;
    • Anxiety
    • Asthma
    • Depression
    • Gallstones
    • Heart Disease
    • High blood pressure
    • Infertility
    • Liver disease
    • Reflux or heartburn
    • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
    • Sleep apnoea or snoring
    • Type 2 diabetes
  • Patients with a BMI of over 30 and have a major uncontrolled medical disorder

What makes a person a good candidate for weight loss surgery?

A good candidate for weight loss surgery is someone who is;

  • Well-informed about the process and has a supportive family and social environment
  • Has realistic expectations of the surgery and outcomes
  • Is mentally stable to undergo the surgical procedure
  • Is motivated and is willing to start modifying their lifestyle on the lead up to the procedure to prepare their body for long-term success

How does weight loss surgery work?

Weight-loss surgery is a medical procedure that alters your digestive system to aid weight loss.

 It can help you lose weight if you are morbidly obese by reducing your food intake and disturbing your digestive processes. It increases your feeling of being full after you eat.

Weight loss surgery is performance using minimally invasive surgical techniques which means it is performed through very small incisions in the stomach. This often results in patients having a quicker recovery time and a shorter stay in hospital. On average 2-3 nights depending on the procedure.

There are two primary types of weight-loss surgery operations available at our hospital for people who are obese or morbidly obese;

  • Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • Gastric Bypass Surgery

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