Weight loss surgery
Obesity can increase your risk of many health concerns, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, sleep apnoea, some cancers, arthritis, and more. Sometimes, losing weight is more complicated than making lifestyle changes. Inherited factors and environmental and socioeconomic influences also play critical roles.
If you have tried to lose weight through diet and exercise without results, you may consider weight loss surgery. Weight loss surgery – also known as bariatric surgery – is not a miracle fix-all, but it can be a life-changing tool that empowers you to reclaim your health and vitality and live the life you deserve.
Are you a good candidate for weight loss surgery?
Bariatric surgery is typically recommended for people with a body mass index (BMI) over 40 or people with a BMI over 35 with severe health problems, such as diabetes. However, if you do not meet these criteria but have health concerns, speak with your GP.
In most cases, your doctor will recommend surgery after you have made changes to your eating and exercise habits but have not lost weight.
Types of weight loss surgery
The goal of weight loss surgery is to improve your health. Specifically, it may help you to lower your blood pressure, boost your heart health, and regain control of type 2 diabetes if you have it. We can achieve this goal using one of several procedures:
- Gastric band surgery (often called ‘lap band’)
- Sleeve gastrectomy surgery (often called ‘gastric sleeve’)
- Gastric bypass surgery
Gastric band surgery
In gastric band – or lap band – surgery, an adjustable, inflatable band is positioned at the top of your stomach. The band divides your stomach into two sections, one big and one small, and slows the entry of food into the bigger section. This makes you feel full after eating a small quantity of food.
Sleeve gastrectomy surgery
During sleeve gastrectomy – or gastric sleeve – surgery, a portion of your stomach is removed, reducing its capacity from around 2.5 L to 200 ml. After your surgery, you will feel full and satiated after eating small amounts of food.
Gastric bypass surgery
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Which bariatric surgery is right for you?
No two patients are alike, and factors like your age, weight, and overall health will determine which weight loss procedure is right for you. We believe in patient-centred care, which means we take an individualised approach to every person’s weight loss journey – yours included.
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