Weight Loss Surgery
Obesity is a disease, not a weakness.
We now understand obesity to be a genuine disease- it is not a choice. Just like any other
chronic medical condition such as epilepsy or asthma, it has a mix of genetic and environmental
causes and deserves to be treated appropriately.
Many people with a weight problem feel a bit reluctant to consider weight loss surgery- they may
feel it is a 'cop out', that they should be able to control their weight themselves, or that
surgery is extreme and dangerous. They may even feel guilty or embarrassed. These feelings are
common and fuelled from misunderstanding and prejudice in the community, but they are misguided
and unhelpful. Rather, you should feel pride that you are finally taking charge of your health,
and seeking effective therapy for a genuine problem.
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What is gastric banding
Laparoscopic gastric banding has been performed in Australia since 1992, and more than 60,000
Australian patients have benefited from it. Worldwide it has been used in over 500,000 patients,
and is the most commonly performed weight-loss procedure in Australia, Europe, and the Middle
East, and is one of the fastest growing procedures in the United States. It has a long and
proven track record for safety.
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What is the Gastric Sleeve?
The gastric sleeve, also known as the sleeve or tube gastrectomy, is one of the latest advances in the treatment of obesity, and is highly effective. It involves removing approximately 80% of the stomach, including many of the cells that make the hunger hormone Ghrelin. It is performed using laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery.
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Here a small stomach pouch is created to restrict food intake. Next, a Y-shaped section of the small intestine is attached to the pouch to allow food to bypass the lower stomach, the duodenum (the first segment of the small intestine), and the first portion of the jejunum (the second segment of the small intestine). This bypass reduces the absorption of nutrients and thereby reduces the calorie intake.
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