Our very own Charlene Grosse, advanced accredited practising dietitian, recently published an article in “Good Practice” outlining the criteria for electing bariatric surgery. Obesity is an importance health issue facing the 21st century with the World Health Organisation estimating that being overweight contributes to 44% of diabetes, 23% of heart disease and up to 41% of some cancers. Risk of these health problems can be dramatically reduced through modifying lifestyle risk factors. For those however who are very overweight, (eg BMI of > 40) the National Health and Medical Research Council recognises that bariatric (or weight loss surgery) is the most effective treatment.
The most common bariatric procedures in Australia are sleeve gastrectomy, adjustable gastric banding and Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. Choosing which surgery is right for you is a decision you make in consultation with your bariatric surgeon explains Charlene, and takes into factors such as age, access to followup, risk profiles, prior interventions and commitment to lifestyle change.
For individuals considering bariatric surgery, their GP will often be the first point of call. The GP will discuss with you whether you meet the necessary criteria before referring you to a specialist surgeon. It is important for individuals considering bariatric surgery to understand that surgery is not a one stop fix, rather part of lifestyle changes that need to be made in order to keep healthy and keep the weight off.
At Western Surgical Health, we understand that obesity and its management are complex and that weight management doesn’t stop with surgical intervention. As such our patients are supported not only through the weight loss surgery, but through recovery and an ongoing support by our multidisciplinary team of physicians, GPs, dietitians, nurses, exercise physiologists and psychologists. Our program is revolutionary, scientifically proven and effective in providing safe weight loss.
To read Charlene’s article in full visit HERE. To contact Western Surgical Health about your weight concerns visit HERE.