What is weight loss surgery and is it safe?
Weight loss surgery, which is also commonly known as bariatric surgery, is one possible route for long-term weight management, especially if you have health conditions relating to your weight, such as Type 2 Diabetes, Obstructive sleep apnoea or high blood pressure. Bariatric surgery is now considered bariatric metabolic surgery as the surgery causes changes in the hunger and fullness hormones produced by the gut that send signals to the brain that you are full and less hungry. Bariatric surgery also makes the stomach smaller, helping the patient to feel fuller or to reduce their food intake more easily without extreme hunger or cravings.
The most common bariatric procedures offered in Australia include the gastric sleeve, gastric bypass and gastric band. The surgical risk is roughly equivalent to having keyhole surgery to have your gall bladder! Though bariatric surgery is considered very safe, like all surgeries, there are certain risks associated with undergoing bariatric surgery which should always be discussed first with your Alevia doctor & surgeon before making any decisions.
Losing weight before your surgery with medical weight loss can also make it an easier undertaking for your surgeon – the procedure becomes safer with less risk of complications such as infection, liver injury and clots.
How do I know if bariatric surgery is right for me?
Your Alevia doctor can help answer some of the common questions around bariatric surgery and will provide you with independent advice to help determine your suitability. Surgery may be considered as a treatment option if you have had a long term battle with obesity (particularly if your BMI is above 40) and/or if you have weight related conditions that may be improved with dramatic weight loss, such as diabetes, hypertension, obstructive sleep apnoea.
If you’re looking at bariatric surgery and other medical interventions to assist with weight loss, come chat to our Alevia doctors, who can help you find the right treatment plan for your needs.