Weight loss surgery, isn’t just about losing weight, it’s about changing your world. Obesity can lead to health concerns like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease and more.
At your weight loss surgery consultation, choosing the right weight loss procedure is the most important decision that you and your surgeon have to make. There are several factors to ensure that stomach surgery for weight loss is best for you.
The goal from your first visit with us is to educate you about your best choice. You will have the opportunity to discuss your current weight, history, related health concerns, eating habits, and obtaining information and advice from your surgeon.
Lap Band Surgery
A few years ago, Lap band Surgery was the most common bariatric operation performed in Australia. It has gradually declined in use due to high long-term revision surgery and complication rates. However this procedure still plays a role for certain patients.
Gastric bypass has been tried and tested for over 40 years. It’s a procedure where the stomach is partitioned to a smaller size and small bowel is re-routed to this new gastric pouch. In the banded gastric bypass a fixed silastic ring is placed around the gastric pouch.
Gastric Sleeve Surgery is a permanent irreversible procedure where a large portion of the stomach is removed. This effects the entire gastric system and how the body processes food.
It is a procedure which is done through keyhole surgery where the stomach is formed into a ‘narrow tube’ (or sleeve) and remainder of the stomach is removed.
Single anastomosis duodeno-ileal switch (SADI-S) or Stomach Intestine Sparing Surgery – known as SIPS for short – is a procedure that involves a sleeve gastrectomy being performed along with surgery to reroute the small intestine.
SADI-S weight loss surgery produces malabsorption to effect weight loss. It also produces good control for diabetes – greater than 95% – and other obesity-related illnesses.
The SIPS procedure on the other hand is relatively new. The SIPS procedure is like the mini- gastric bypass version of the duodenal switch.
Revisional bariatric surgery is a procedure completed on patients who have already received a bariatric treatment previously and are thus undergoing revisional surgery to either alter the type of weight loss surgery – from a reversible procedure such as a Lap Band to a non-reversible procedure like a gastric sleeve.
At your weight loss surgery consultation we will assess if you are a candidate for weight loss surgery based on an assessment of your medical history and current health and if you fulfil the following criteria based on medical indications:
Your Body Mass Index is equal to or greater than 40 kg/m2 (calculate your Body Mass Index here).
Your Body Mass Index is equal to or greater than 35 kg/m2 with associated medical conditions such as but not limited to:
If you meet these criteria and decide to undergo weight loss surgery in Perth to address weight loss, we would then discuss next steps.
The best preparation for bariatric surgery is to understand the risks and potential benefits and to follow our recommended steps:
We empower our patients to consider all the medical facts about the risks and benefits of each weight loss procedure. We encourage you to talk to your GP and any other specialists that are involved in your care. And rest assured Dr. Siva Gounder is an experienced weight loss doctor in Perth and has extensive experience with all the procedures you are considering.
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