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Lap Band Surgery in Newcastle with Dr Ken Wong

Central Coast Surgery offer lap band surgery for patients all along the Eastern Coast of Australia. If you’re a resident of Newcastle, our weight loss clinic on the Central Coast offers a wonderful spot to undergo lap band surgery and recover away from the hustle and bustle of the city.  

Dr Ken Wong is one of the leading lap band Newcastle surgeons, offering his services to those suffering extreme weight gain in the Newcastle and the surrounding region. With the support of an experienced and advanced team of allied health professionals, Dr Ken Wong works with Central Coast surgery patients to reclaim their health through bariatric surgery. 

At Central Coast Surgery, we offer gastric banding for Newcastle patients who are considering weight loss procedures for obesity or adverse health conditions associated with obesity. Just an hour’s drive north of Newcastle and the Hunter region, the Central Coast provides a restful respite for gastric band recovery. All of our procedures take place in the exceptional facilities of Gosford &Wyong Public Hospitals, Gosford Private and Brisbane Waters Private Hospitals. 

When you choose the Central Coast Surgery weight loss clinic for your gastric band surgery Newcastle, you will be provided with full-time expert support from our resident surgeon, bariatric physicians, dieticians and psychologist. We also offer comfortable accommodation for every patient to enjoy a relaxed and restful recovery, while kickstarting their journey to become a healthier version of themselves. 


Gastric Band Surgery Newcastle


Lap band surgery is one of the most popular and regularly performed weight loss procedures in Australia. Lap band surgery (laparoscopic adjustable gastric band) refers to a process of an inflatable silicone device being placed around the top portion of the stomach. The device is surgically inserted, inflated, and works to restrict the stomach and divide it into two. Gastric band surgery works to alleviate and treat obesity by reducing the amount of food a person can physically consume. 

Obesity is one of Australia’s most prevalent medical conditions in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it hinders and has an adverse effect on one’s health. Obesity is a severe health concern that leads to reduced life expectancy and/or increased health problems.

The presence of obesity is a major risk factor for severe health concerns. Cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, sleep apnoea, osteoarthritis, fatty liver disease, certain types of cancer, kidney disease and gallbladder disease are all commonly associated and developed in the presence of obesity. 

The most common practice for measuring overweight and obesity is calculating a person’s body mass index (BMI). BMI is calculated by dividing a person’s weight (in kilograms) by their height (in meters) squared. Those with a BMI of 30-35 are considered class 1 obese, a BMI of 35-40 would be regarded as class 2 obese, and a BMI of more than 40 means that the person is considered class 3 obese. Class 3 obesity is often referred to as extreme or severe obesity. 

Those who fall into the category of obese or morbidly obese may consider lap band surgery Newcastle as a means to assist them in losing weight and implementing healthier lifestyles. For Central Coast Surgery, we generally require a patient to have a BMI of at least 30-35 before we consider undergoing lap band surgery Newcastle. 


How Does Gastric Band Surgery Newcastle Work?


Lap band surgery is performed under a general anaesthetic, as a laparoscopic procedure. This type of procedure is minimally invasive, using just a few minor incisions on the abdomen to place the lap band on the stomach. The nature of laparoscopic gastric band surgery Newcastle means that the patient is left with minimal scarring and can enjoy a relatively fast recovery. 

Lap band surgery involves placing a band around the upper part of the stomach to create a small pouch that restricts the amount of food that can be consumed. The gastric band is then connected by minuscule tubing that is placed along the abdomen wall, which allows for the band to be adjusted, inflated and deflated with saline by a medical practitioner. 

A restrictive form of bariatric surgery, the lap band works to create a smaller stomach for the patient. The procedure constricts the stomach so that the patient feels full after eating small portions. A smaller surface area acting as the stomach increases the feeling of satisfaction earlier on. This, in turn, reduces hunger and helps lower overall food consumption while also slowing down the passage of food to the intestine, which can also support healthy and effective weight loss. 

Developed in the 1980s, gastric band surgery has been successfully performed in Australia for almost 30 years, helping more than 80,000 patients to take back their health and control weight gain. Lap band surgery is one of the most popular weight loss procedures globally and has a long and proven track record for success and safety. 

Patients who have undergone lap band Surgery Newcastle will usually resume regular duties within a few weeks. Given the rapid procedure time and recovery period, lap band surgery incurs less risk than other weight loss operations like stomach bypass surgery or stomach stapling. Furthermore, unlike most weight loss procedures, lap band surgery is also completely reversible. The lap band does not alter the gastrointestinal tract, and the inflatable band can be taken out and adjusted whenever required or desired. 


 Is Lap Band Surgery Newcastle a Possibility for Me?


If you are morbidly obese and you have not been able to control your weight, lap band surgery Newcastle can change your life dramatically. Generally, candidates for gastric band surgery Newcastle have a BMI of at least 35 or will have a BMI of 30 and are suffering from problematic weight-related medical conditions. 

Lap band surgery is not a quick-fix solution to losing weight. At Central Coast Surgery, we carefully assess gastric band Newcastle patients to ensure they have a history of failed weight-loss attempts to ensure they have tried conventional approaches first. If you’re considering undergoing gastric band surgery, it’s important to understand weight loss procedures will only be successful if the patient is fully committed to making long-term changes to eating and lifestyle behaviours. 

The gastric band is ideal for those who have trouble sticking to small portions of food, rather than a habit of snacking or grazing. Lap band Newcastle can be particularly beneficial for those who can lose weight relatively quickly, but struggle to keep the weight off. This is because the gastric band Newcastle works to end vicious dietary cycles through food consumption restriction. 

Taking a holistic approach to losing weight, our gastric band surgery Newcastle clinic involves the collaboration of experienced surgeons, dieticians, physicians and psychologists who will work together to help patients achieve their long-term weight loss goals. 


 The Benefits of Gastric Band Surgery Newcastle


Many benefits come with undergoing laparoscopic gastric banding. The main advantages of choosing gastric banding over other weight loss procedures include:

  • Potential long-term weight loss
  • Improvement of obesity-related illnesses
  • Rapid recovery
  • Less chance of wound infections and hernias post-surgery
  • No loss of nutrient absorption
  • Improved quality of life post-surgery

On average, patients who undergo gastric band surgery experience between 40 and 60% of excess weight loss. However, the amount of weight lost, and associated benefits of lap band Newcastle will vary from patient to patient. 

Gastric banding surgery will only provide successful weight loss if the patient is committed to making long-term changes. While the initial weight loss may be dramatic following lap band Newcastle, a patient will only continue to lose excess weight if they implement a balanced and healthy lifestyle with their new lap band system. The food choices made, and the amount of exercise undertaken will govern the weight loss rate in the long term. While patients can adjust and inflate the lap band with their surgeon to enhance weight loss efforts, it’s essential to consider the entire process as a shift into a healthier lifestyle. 

Like any surgical procedure, gastric banding comes with several potential risks. There is always the chance that a patient may have an adverse reaction to the surgical experience, or the band may require removal. However, lap band surgery is one of the most commonly performed weight loss procedures globally and is significantly less risky than other bariatric procedures. 

Furthermore, our resident gastric band Newcastle surgeon, Dr Ken Wong, is at the forefront of bariatric procedures in Australia. An experienced laparoscopic and weight loss surgeon, Dr Ken Wong works closely with each patient, their physicians, a dietician and psychologist to ensure each patient acquires the best possible care for their weight loss surgery. 


How Much Does Gastric Band Surgery Newcastle Cost?


At Central Coast Surgery, our gastric band Newcastle costs are very dependent on whether or not a patient has private health insurance. The cost of lap band surgery Newcastle NSW will be discussed in depth in the initial consultation, with an additional written quote.

For lap band cost Newcastle NSW, insured patients will be out of pocket approximately $3,500. These fees cover the initial consultations, operation, follow-up appointments, dietician, physician and psychologist consultations.

The additional fees not included in Central Coast Surgery gastric band cost Newcastle NSW fees are those not directly associated with our clinic. These fees include anaesthetic fees, surgical assistance and pathology fees.

Gastric band Newcastle patients who are not insured will be out of pocket approximately $20,000. These fees cover everything from clinician fees to additional hospital costs and anaesthetist expenses.

If you are not insured or do not have cover for lap band surgery cost Newcastle NSW, you still have the option to either upgrade your insurance levels to ensure coverage. Alternatively, you can find a new insurance company that will provide adequate weight loss surgery cover.

While the gastric band surgery cost Newcastle NSW may be overwhelming, it’s important to consider the seriousness of the procedure and the lifestyle benefits that come with lap band surgery.

Based on the Central Coast, our weight loss clinic offers exceptional services for those living in Newcastle and the Hunter region. If you’d like to learn more about gastric banding and how lap band surgery can help you reclaim your health, get in touch with one of our clinicians today. 


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