Weight loss surgery can literally be a lifeline for the morbidly obese
Choosing to have weight loss surgery may be one of the last options available to you if conventional diets, exercise and medication have failed to result in successful long term outcomes. Weight loss operations are often a life saving treatment to help those who have struggled with permanent weight loss. With surgery you can reclaim your life back with a renewed vigour.
What is weight loss surgery?
There are different types of weight loss surgery available at our Central Coast clinic. These include lap band surgery, sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass and removal/revision of failed gastric bands. When it is possible, patients are operated on using keyhole surgery, also known as laparoscopy. This is a modern surgery technique which has a lot of benefits to patients with just a couple small incision made in the abdominal area.
A telescope with a video camera is introduced through one incision and operating instruments are introduced through one or more other incisions. The operation is performed by the surgeon who is guided by a magnified image on a television monitor. The smaller incisions made in surgery results in less discomfort for the patient, a quicker recovery time, shorter stay in hospital and a much better cosmetic result.
How can weight loss surgery help?
Weight loss surgery is designed to restrict eating habits through lap bands, sleeve gastrectomy and other methods by reducing the stomach’s capacity and limiting the amount of food needed to make the stomach feel full and satisfied and leave patients less hungry between meals, resulting in weight loss. Candidates who make a commitment to regular diet and exercise achieve the best long term results.
Who is a good candidate for weight loss surgery?
If you are morbidly obese and have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or have a BMI of 35 and over and are at a high risk to develop life threatening health problems and have exhausted all options to lose weight, you may be a good candidate for weight loss operations. Each patient is evaluated to determine their suitability and whether they understand the risks and commitment associated with weight loss surgery.
Why have weight loss surgery?
Weight loss surgery is not for everyone. It is not an alternative to traditional diet, exercise and medication, it is one of the last options when conventional methods have failed. The end goal is long-term weight control and this goes hand-in-hand with behavioural changes and commitment to diet and exercise. Weight loss treatments bring your weight to a healthy range as well as improve your mental health and well being.
Do not suffer in silence any longer – take your first step to leading a happy and healthy life by speaking to our expert team about your weight loss goals and aspirations. We take a holistic approach to losing weight and have experienced surgeons, dieticians, physicians and psychologists who collaborate together to help patients achieve their long-term goals through weight loss surgery.