CONSIDERING WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY?
Are you tired of fighting a never ending battle with your weight, being caught in a constant cycle of weight loss, weight regain, watching calories and feeling hungry? Do you have diabetes, sleep apnoea, hypertension and other weight related diseases? Are you struggling with the disease called obesity? If yes, then you should seriously consider bariatric or weight loss surgery.
Weight loss surgery, otherwise known as bariatric surgery, is a group of individual weight-loss procedures that help patients struggling with obesity achieve good long term weight loss. Some examples of bariatric surgeries are gastric banding, sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass surgery. Weight loss surgery is the most robust treatment for the disease of obesity and associated diseases such as diabetes mellitus, sleep apnoea, hypertension etc.
This was the most common bariatic operation done in Australia a few years back. This has gradually declined in use due to high long term revision surgery and complication rate. This still has some role for certain patients.
The gastric bypass can be the traditional Roux en Y gastric bypass or the Single anastomosis gastric bypass also known as Omega loop/ mini gastric bypass. The decision to choose one surgery over the other depends on various factors including presence of reflux, previous surgery etc. Gastric bypass is one of the oldest weight loss surgery with over 40 years of data.
This procedure permanently reduces the volume of the stomach to approximately 15% of its original size. The traditional shape of the stomach is altered by removing the curved area, resulting in a more tubular shape.
This procedure works to reduce portion size and decrease the hunger drive.
About Dr. Siva Gounder
Siva is originally from Malaysia and has made Perth home since 2007. He completed his medical degree in Manipal Academy of Higher education in 1999. He returned to Malaysia and completed his postgraduate specialist surgery training in General Surgery from University of Malaya in 2007 and prior to that he was awarded membership with the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) in 2005
He migrated to Perth and underwent further specialized advanced surgical training in all major Perth hospitals through the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons training program. He successfully obtained the Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) in 2015.
Am I suitable for
Based on both national and international standards a basic requirement is a BMI of more than 35. This is not absolute and there are variations based on a number of other factors such as presence of Diabetes Mellitus.
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