There are a few types of weight loss surgery, often referred to as Bariatric Surgery, that could work for you, regardless of age. The most common type of bariatric surgery and our most popular is the Gastric Sleeve Surgery. At the initial consultation, we will discuss all the options and support you to make the decision that’s best for you.
Type 2 diabetes is often associated with a high body mass index (BMI). The blood sugar levels can be controlled with medication but often after successful bariatric surgery patients report being in diabetes remission. Many overweight patients take medication for joint pain brought on by the extra demands on the joints. It is usually not required after a sustained period of weight loss.
People with weight issues often avoid going out for dinner as they feel judged in an eating situation. After surgery, only a small calorie intake is required to feel full. Often post surgery, people tend only to order entree-size meals as this leads them to feel full. People find themselves experiencing activities that they have not been able to do in a long time. Such as plane travel, live theatre, sporting events, travel and keeping up with the kids. The newfound freedoms will be different for everyone, but the rewards will definitely be numerous.
Any surgery comes with a degree of risk, regardless of age. These will be discussed in your initial consultation. Complications are minimised when the advice from your doctor and support staff are adhered to.
Risks and complications associated with bariatric surgery include:
Most people need around 3 weeks away from work to recover from weight loss surgery. And they return to moderate exercise after 4 weeks. The surgery itself is a day procedure. Your situation may be different, so we’ll advise you as part of your consultation.
An example of an average patient’s success:
A person who is 172cm tall and weighs 125kg (BMI 42) has an excess weight of 51kg (based on using a BMI of 25 being an ideal weight of 74kg) would expect to lose:
50% of patients can put a small amount of weight back on. Don’t be alarmed. This is as little as 5%. This may happen after a stabilisation period of 18 months to 2 year period. The long term studies (10 years+) show most weight loss surgery patients are able to achieve and maintain significant weight loss.
Our GP’s are not just there for us when we are struck down with illness. They are a reliable source when it comes to prevention and advice. Make an appointment and ask your doctor’s advice on weight loss strategies and available support. Your doctor will also have information on the costs of procedures and alternatives to up-front expenses associated with this type of surgery. There are options through medicare and private health insurance. Discuss this with your GP because if the cost of surgery has been making the decision for you, there may be other options.