Gastric Band Surgery: Research from Leading Perth Surgeon, Professor Hamdorf

From Fat to Fabulous

gastric banding surgery research from professor hamdorf perth

  • Adjustable gastric band surgery shows positive results in patients.
  • A study of 1176 patients from around Australia saw average decreases in weight of 38%.
  • Improvements were seen in weight-related illnesses such as Type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure and reduced risk for cardiovascular disease.
  • Gastric Banding surgery is safe and effective for treating obesity and its comorbidities.
  • When performed laparoscopically, gastric band surgery is the least invasive weight loss surgery technique.
  • Gastric Banding cost, is it worth the return on investment?

Our Overweight Country

Obesity is a growing concern in Australia. It is predicted that by 2022 that Australia will be the most obese country in the world outranking the US and the UK (Sanders, 2015). The impact of obesity not only affects the health of overweight individuals, but it is also a major contributor to the national health burden financially.

The Non-Drastic Surgical Option

Weight loss surgery is increasingly used as an effective, safe and long-term treatment for morbidly obese people. There are several types of weight loss surgery including gastric banding, gastric sleeve and gastric bypass. Of all the methods currently used, gastric banding (also known as gastric lap band or lap banding surgery) is the least invasive. If you are considering weight loss surgery, your surgeon can advise what would be the best approach for you to consider along with gastric banding cost.

Australian Bariatric Procedures

Sleeve Gastrectomy 56%
Adjustable Gastric Banding 19%
Gastric Bypass 19%

Weight Loss Plus a Whole Lot More!

Bariatric (weight loss) surgery also comes with a number of other benefits. Invariably obese individuals also experience obesity-related illnesses. Weight loss surgery is an effective way to reduce the incidents of these conditions.

Many obese individuals also develop type 2 diabetes. Studies (Dixon) show that patients who undergo gastric banding surgery can also expect to see the remission of their diabetes in 50% to 80% of cases. In Professor Hamdorf’s research (Hamdorf), he found that 74% of patients saw improvements in type 2 diabetes.

Obese patients may also experience hypertension or high blood pressure. Professor Hamdorf noted in his research that 31% of patients saw improvements in hypertension. Patients in his study also reported a cessation or reduction of the blood pressure medication and improvements in indicators relating to cardiovascular disease, such as the decrease in cholesterol, waist circumference and liver function.

Other studies indicate that weight loss surgery is also associated with a resolution or improvement in gastroesophageal reflux disease, obstructive sleep apnoea, depression and joint and back pain.

What Your Waist May Tell You About Your Future!

Waist circumference reduction was an important outcome of Professor Hamdorf’s research. Weight circumference can be used clinically to identify patients with body fat distribution, particularly around the internal organs of the body. High waist circumference is understood to be a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. In recent studies (17) waist circumference has been positively associated with death, with a 25% increase in death for every 10cm increase in waist circumference.

The Success Formula:

Professor Hamdorf is a pioneer in the multidisciplinary approach to obesity surgery, utilising the services of several other health professionals in his practice at Western Surgical Health. For long-term weight loss success, patients are placed on the RESHAPE Programme and monitored not only by surgeons but by Bariatric GPs, Dietitians, Psychologists and Physiotherapists.

To speak to Professor Hamdorf or any of the weight loss surgeons at Western Surgical Health, contact us now and we’d be only too happy to assist you with your weight loss surgery options on 08 64248596.

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Perth’s Western Surgical Health

Our care is unique in that we provide highly specialised professionals all at one location to support you in your surgery.


Our team includes:

– Specialised Bariatric Surgeons (both male and female)
– General Surgeons (both male and female)
– Bariatric GPs
– Accredited Practising Dietitians
– Specialised Psychologists
– Exercise Physiologists