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What is bariatric Surgery?

Bariatrics has come a long way in the field of surgery types and weight loss…

Bariatrics is the branch of medicine that deals with the causes, prevention and treatment of obesity. This includes a range of weight loss options such as diets, therapy, drugs and bariatric surgery.

Obesity is defined as a medical condition where excess body fat accumulates to a level that has an adverse effect on a person’s health, leading to reduced life expectancy.

The health risks to overweight people include:

  • Heart Disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Certain types of cancer
  • Obstructive sleep apnoea

Individuals are considered obese when their body mass index exceeds 30 kg/m2. Body mass index is a measurement based on a person’s weight and height.

Bariatrics does not just cover bariatric surgery but encompasses dieting, exercise and behavioural therapy in its approach to weight loss; as well as pharmacotherapy (administration of drugs) and surgery.

Dr. Wong has trained extensively in keyhole surgery techniques both in Australia and overseas. He then focused his attention on bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery) and over the years he has enjoyed seeing his patients lose weight permanently from weight loss surgery.

Dr. Wong found that many obese people find it difficult to lose weight on their own. After trying diets and exercise they find that they return to their original weight after stopping the diet. He encourages all patients to look at all the options before choosing weight loss surgery, including looking at dieting and exercise.

Weight loss surgery generally results in greater weight loss than conventional treatment. It also leads to improvements in quality of life and obesity related diseases, such as hypertension and diabetes.

Contact Dr. Wong, a Sydney based Bariatric Surgeon, for a confidential chat about your weight loss options. A specialist in keyhole surgery Dr. Wong has performed many successful Bariatric surgeries including sleeve gastrectomy and bariatric bypass surgery.