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Posted on 17 Mar, 2019
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We have decided to update our email signature with the following picture. We think that it reflects our long experience with thousands of gastric sleeves and bypasses. What do you think?
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Thoughts on gastric band to sleeve surgery

Posted on 19 Jun, 2018
Many patients with failed gastric band request conversion to a gastric sleeve. We discuss whether this is successful for weight loss and the pros and cons of this surgery.

Gastric bypass surgery - Dr Ken Wong

Posted on 14 Jun, 2018
In this video, Dr Ken Wong demonstrates the use of the latest 4k, indocyanine green technology to improve safety and weight loss goals with gastric bypass surgery.

Another lap band removed

Posted on 14 Jun, 2018
Another lap band removed
Lap bands can cause many types of problems over time. Many patients suffer from reflux and difficulties eating. Soemtimes they can cut a hole into the stomach and cause life threatening emergencies.

Gastric Sleeve Surgery – how much stomach is removed?

Posted on 30 May, 2018
Gastric Sleeve Surgery – how much stomach is removed?
Often we get asked how much stomach is removed during gastric sleeve surgery. This is quite variable from person to person and surgeon to surgeon.

Cost of gastric sleeve surgery – why is it so expensive?

Posted on 04 May, 2018
Many people ask why gastric sleeve surgery is so expensive. Weight loss surgery is not a magic, quick fix solution. Reputable clinics need to provide follow up care and also dietitians and surgeon post-op visits.

Pinwheel Flaps for Cancers on Scalp

Posted on 30 Jun, 2016
Pinwheel Flaps for Cancers on Scalp
Besides lap bands, sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass and other forms of weight loss surgery, Dr. Ken Wong also performs a lot of skin cancer surgery.

Top Reasons to Take GORD Seriously Gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GORD)

Posted on 02 Jun, 2016
Top Reasons to Take GORD Seriously Gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GORD)
GORD (also known as GERD) is a condition of the gastro-intestinal system which affects up to 1 in 5 people in the Western world. It refers to a constellation of problems which people experience such as the burning sensations just under the ribs

Weight gain after gastric sleeve surgery

Posted on 24 May, 2016
Weight gain after gastric sleeve surgery
This is a problem that our clinic sees a lot. Everyone regains weight over time after gastric sleeve surgery. Some regain a little. Some a lot.

Pinwheel flaps and scalp skin cancer – part one

Posted on 02 Mar, 2016
Pinwheel flaps and scalp skin cancer – part one
Pinwheel flaps are useful for reconstruction of defects all over the scalp. This photo shows a man with a large ulcerated cancer on the back of his head – the occiput of the scalp.

Pinwheel flaps and scalp skin cancer – part two

Posted on 02 Mar, 2016
Pinwheel flaps and scalp skin cancer – part two
Dr. Wong recommends using pinwheel flaps for reconstruction of defects all over the scalp. Multiple pre- and post-operation photos. Part 2 of 2

More on skin cancers on scalp and pinwheel flaps. Skin Cancers on Scalp? Benefits of using a pinwheel flap

Posted on 26 Feb, 2016
More on skin cancers on scalp and pinwheel flaps. Skin Cancers on Scalp? Benefits of using a pinwheel flap
Often I see people who have had skin grafts on their scalp. They have had a skin cancer removed and then a piece of skin taken from elsewhere has been placed in the hole. There are major disadvantages to this.

Diet after gastric sleeve surgery

Posted on 17 Aug, 2015
Diet after gastric sleeve surgery
Read more about the diet you need to follow after your Gastric Sleeve surgery. Contact the team at Central Coast Surgery to start your weight loss journey today

Diarrhoea, loose stools after gastric sleeve surgery

Posted on 10 May, 2015
Weight loss surgery is a time of change and bowels do change too; but time should fix this. The team at Central Coast Surgery explains reasons and solutions.

Scalp reconstruction – 30th pinwheel flap

Posted on 11 Feb, 2015
Scalp reconstruction – 30th pinwheel flap
Dr. Wong recommends using pinwheel flaps for reconstruction of defects all over the scalp. Multiple pre- and post-operation photos. Part 2 of 2

Why may weight loss surgery fail?

Posted on 10 Feb, 2015
Why may weight loss surgery fail?
In a recent issue of the Australian Women’s Weekly, Dr Ken Wong discusses why weight loss surgery (including gastric sleeve or gastric bypass) may not work.

Cost of gastric sleeve surgery – why does it cost so much?

Posted on 09 Feb, 2015
Cost of gastric sleeve surgery – why does it cost so much?
Still wondering why gastric sleeve surgery cost (on average) a few thousand dollars? The team at Central Coast Surgery explains the reasons - read on..

Gastric bypass may be a good rescue option for failed gastric sleeves

Posted on 13 Oct, 2013
Gastric bypass may be a good rescue option for failed gastric sleeves
Gastric sleeve can result in an occasional stomach dilatation down the track. A conversion to gastric bypass may well be a good solution. Dr Wong explains…

Super-super obese and gastric sleeve surgery

Posted on 26 Feb, 2013
Super-super obese and gastric sleeve surgery
At Central Coast Surgery, Dr Ken Wong has performed many gastric sleeves on patients weighing more than 200 kilograms, with body mass index greater than 60.

Funding the cost of gastric sleeve / lap band surgery

Posted on 26 Feb, 2013
Funding the cost of gastric sleeve / lap band surgery
So what happens if you really need to have gastric sleeve or other weight loss surgery but have no money and no health insurance?

Failed gastric sleeve surgery

Posted on 26 Feb, 2013
Failed gastric sleeve surgery
Whatever you do, don’t give up on your weight loss journey. There are various ways to deal with a failed or failing sleeve gastrectomy.

What to do about the failed lap band?

Posted on 08 Dec, 2012
What to do about the failed lap band?
Lap bands carry a high failure rate. In recent years, about 20 000 lap bands were placed in Australia... per year! So what are your options for a failed lap

Another lap band hits the bin.

Posted on 07 Jun, 2012
A large part of Central Coast Surgery practice is now removal of failed lap bands and then sleeve gastrectomy three months later. Dr Wong explains what to do

Lap band not working

Posted on 12 Feb, 2012
Dr Ken Wong and the team at Central Coast Surgery specialise in lap band removal. We then generally discuss what further options exist on your weight loss

Dr Assem Swaid and his daughter

Posted on 08 Jan, 2012
Dr Assem Swaid and his daughter
Weight loss surgery is a team effort and we are pleased to have so many young up and coming surgeons such as Dr Assem Swaid performing weight loss surgery

Bowels hanging out – Rectal prolapse – Dr Ken Wong

Posted on 14 Dec, 2011
Bowels hanging out – Rectal prolapse – Dr Ken Wong
Rectal prolapse is often associated with a lot of constipation and straining; it requires keyhole surgery to hitch the bowel back up. Dr Wong explains - read

Keyhole surgery for bowel cancer

Posted on 06 Dec, 2011
Keyhole surgery for bowel cancer
Most bowel cancers and bowel problems can be treated with keyhole surgery - unless it is left too late… Contact the team at Central Coast Surgery to discuss

Gallstones and gallbladder removed by keyhole surgery

Posted on 12 Nov, 2011
Gallstones and gallbladder removed by keyhole surgery
Every year Dr Wong from Central Coast Surgery removes close to 80 gallbladders by keyhole surgery. Most patients go back to work within 2 weeks. Read on…

Removing the failed lap band

Posted on 13 Oct, 2011
One third of people with lap bands will not lose weight. Central Coast Surgery clinic offers free / no gap removal of lap bands for insured patients. Start anew

Lap bands are not truly reversible

Posted on 24 Sep, 2011
In our experience, even after removing the lap band, the scarring on the stomach that remains often leaves people with difficulties in swallowing and reflux.

Sleeve gastrectomy has anti-diabetic effects beyond weight loss

Posted on 05 Sep, 2011
In many of our sleeve gastrectomy patients, we observe that their diabetes and need for insulin resolves long before their weight loss occurs. Dr Wong explains…

Lap bands are not the only surgical solution for obesity

Posted on 02 Aug, 2011
Most patients coming to our Central Coast Surgery clinic seem to immediately want the lap band. Is that the only surgical solution for obesity? Read on...

What to expect after sleeve gastrectomy

Posted on 31 Jul, 2011
After the first day or two after sleeve gastrectomy, patients have usually left the hospital. Then the adventure begins! Dr Wong from Central Coast Surgery

Obese patients have more surgical complications

Posted on 19 Jun, 2011
Obese patients have more surgical complications
Obese patients tend to have more complications after any surgery. This is worsened if big cuts are used.

Origins of the sleeve gastrectomy

Posted on 23 May, 2011
Because gastric banding can have limited success with super-obese patients, there was a need for an efficient procedure - the sleeve gastrectomy. Dr Wong

Mini gastric bypass as rescue surgery for failed gastric sleeve – Dr Ken Wong

Posted on 11 May, 2011
Mini gastric bypass as rescue surgery for failed gastric sleeve – Dr Ken Wong
Up to one in three people can regain all their weight within five years of gastric sleeve surgery. Solutions exist - talk to the team at Central Coast Surgery.

Costs of Weight Loss Surgery – Lap Band, Sleeve Gastrectomy

Posted on 13 Apr, 2011
The most common questions Dr Wong gets asked relate to the cost of weight loss surgery. Any question on cost, health insurance, public vs private hospitals?

Weight Loss Surgery is not Cosmetic Surgery

Posted on 02 Apr, 2011
There has always been a misunderstanding of the role of cosmetic surgery versus genuine weight loss surgery. Dr Wong explains the differences - read on…

Central Coast Weight Loss Surgery on Facebook

Posted on 17 Mar, 2011
To generate greater discussion on weight loss surgery, Central Coast Surgery has now joined Facebook: don't hesitate to submit your comments and questions!

New Guidelines for Gastric Banding

Posted on 13 Mar, 2011
Up till now, the minimum body mass index for gastric banding was 35 - but new guidelines have recently been issued by the FDA in the US. Dr Wong explains…

Lap Band / Sleeve Gastrectomy – Central Coast

Posted on 03 Mar, 2011
Some of the best moments which makes Dr Wong enjoy weight loss surgery are the changes to the lives of patients who have lost weight - read on some real life

New Website for Central Coast Surgery

Posted on 11 Feb, 2011
Central Coast Surgery's new website is a great source of information on who would benefit from weight loss surgery, costs involved, and the various procedures

A new year for weight loss surgery on the Central Coast

Posted on 10 Jan, 2011
A lot of people make new year resolutions to do something about their weight, few act on it. The team at Central Coast Surgery can help you reach your new goals

Weight regain after Sleeve gastrectomy

Posted on 10 Dec, 2010
Weight regain by the 3rd or 4th year after Sleeve Gastrectomy is quite a normal phenomenon. Dr Wong from Central Coast Surgery discusses your options.

Central Coast Weight Loss / Lap bad Surgery attracts international visitors

Posted on 19 Nov, 2010
Central Coast Surgery attracts visiting doctors from all around the world who come and learn about the latest keyhole techniques offered at the clinic. Read on…

Revisional surgery for gastric band, lap band, sleeve gastrectomy

Posted on 04 Nov, 2010
Not (yet) achieved your weight loss goals through surgery? Revisional surgery is not always the solution. Contact Central Coast Surgery to discuss your options.

Lap band/gastric band surgery Central Coast

Posted on 03 Oct, 2010
Obesity is a long-term problem and quick fixes are not available. Dr Wong from Central Coast Surgery works closely with dieticians for optimal follow-up.

Lap band/gastric band-Central Coast Surgery

Posted on 27 Sep, 2010
Generally, there are no problems with falling pregnant after weight loss surgery. However, this is far from ideal. Dr Wong from Central Coast Surgery explains…

Obesity surgery central coast – Dr Ken Wong

Posted on 21 Sep, 2010
Not sure which weight loss procedure is right for you, between lap band, gastric band and sleeve gastrectomy? Dr Wong from Central Coast Surgery explains

Keyhole surgery for bowel cancer

Posted on 20 Sep, 2010
Keyhole surgery for bowel cancer
Dr Wong from Central Coast Surgery explains the reasons behind using keyhole surgery technique, notably by showing an example of a bowel cancer removal.

Costs of weight loss surgery – lap band, gastric band, sleeve gastrectomy

Posted on 13 Sep, 2010
Today, I was asked about where the out of pocket fee for weight loss surgery went. As many are aware, in Australia, for privately insured patients, there is an out of pocket cost.

4 weeks after scarless gallbladder surgery

Posted on 06 Sep, 2010
4 weeks after scarless gallbladder surgery
For many people, rapid recovery after surgery is very important. Generally, the less scarring there is, the quicker the return to normal activity.

Why consider weight loss surgery?

Posted on 04 Sep, 2010
Weight loss surgery is a serious event and has to be used in conjunction with diet and exercise: it is not an easy solution. Talk to the team at Central Coast

Cost of weight loss surgery – gastric band, sleeve gastrectomy

Posted on 26 Aug, 2010
I am often asked about the costs of weight loss surgery.

Picture of scar after single keyhole (scarless) surgery

Posted on 23 Aug, 2010
Picture of scar after single keyhole (scarless) surgery
This person had a gallbladder removed only three weeks ago. As you can see, this is the only scar created to remove the gallbladder.

Scarless surgery arrives on the Central Coast

Posted on 07 Aug, 2010
When patients come to consider surgery, most would choose keyhole surgery. Keyhole surgery can be performed on every structure in the belly.

Weight loss surgery central coast

Posted on 26 Jul, 2010
I am keen to share experiences of people who have actually gained weight or have had problems after lap band surgery.

Good success with sleeve gastrectomy

Posted on 26 Jul, 2010
Having compared my gastric band patients and sleeve gastrectomy patients, I must say that I am developing a preference towards offering sleeve gastrectomy.