Facebook Live: Is weight loss surgery right for me?
Chronic obesity and being overweight are very common, with many people struggling with how to effectively lose weight. Diet, exercise, medication, and surgery are all options. Most people know of surgery or someone having had this, but what is it exactly and should I consider it?
What is weight loss surgery?
Weight loss surgery is a proven method to substantially lower a person’s weight when they have otherwise been struggling. Talk to Dr. Phil Le Page and the team at Northern Beaches Hospital and you’ll quickly realise that the approach to weight loss goes beyond a surgical procedure. It embraces long-term care and how you see yourself.
The goal is a healthier you. It’s your body. Your life. And we believe you deserve the best it has to offer.
Also known as bariatric surgery, weight loss surgery uses advanced procedures and surgical treatment to assist patients with weight loss and treat other weight-related health problems such as diabetes. There are different types of surgery, and they’re listed below. As a bariatric surgeon, I work with patients to help them achieve sustainable weight loss and improve their medical conditions, ultimately improving quality of life.
Weight loss surgery has been recognised by Medicare for decades, and also subsidised by Medicare when clinically indicated.
Weight loss surgery is not liposuction or fat removal/tummy tuck – these are cosmetic surgery procedures and cosmetic surgery is not subsidised by Medicare. Cosmetic surgery aims to improve appearance rather than your health. Some patients may choose to have cosmetic surgery after losing substantial weight.
Weight loss procedures
At Nothern Beaches Hospital, I use the latest technology to perform minimally-invasive surgery, this includes:
- Gastric sleeve surgery
- Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
- Single Anastomosis Gastric Bypass (SAGH)
- Loop-Duodenal Switch
- Revision bariatric procedures
Is weight loss surgery right for me?
The first step is considering if you have struggled with your weight long-term and have tried dieting and exercise. A body mass index (BMI) over 30 at least is required. Above a BMI of 30, both you and your doctor (GP, endocrinologist, bariatric surgeon, etc) then consider to what degree your weight is affecting your health or risk of developing health problems.
Talk to your GP if you haven’t already. They’ll discuss weight loss surgery with you and help you understand the risks and potential benefits of weight loss surgery. If you want to take the next step, let your GP know you’re interested in having weight loss surgery at Northern Beaches Hospital. They can refer you to see Dr. Phil Le Page for a consultation.
Weight loss surgery is a major life-changing procedure. It involves a commitment to making life-long changes to your diet, exercise, and lifestyle to help you maintain a healthy weight after surgery.