Exploring the different types of bariatric surgery

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The best type of bariatric surgery will vary from patient to patient, so it must begin with a detailed diagnosis looking at the cause of obesity, family and medical history, and lifestyle.

Battling obesity: what’s the right type of bariatric surgery for you?

Often when patients have attempted multiple different approaches to weight loss without success, they will begin looking into surgical options. But how do you know what is the right type of bariatric surgery for you, or where to go for advice? There are a few different types of weight loss surgery, though at Advance Surgical Perth, we perform only those surgeries with the best evidence-based outcomes in terms of both weight loss and overall health. We are here to help you and to make sure that you have a clear view on the surgery options that are suitable for your specific personal situation.
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type of bariatric surgery

Beginning the path to tackling obesity

Before selecting the type of bariatric surgery for each patient, it’s important to begin with a thorough examination and detailed diagnosis. There can be many causes of obesity, including lifestyle, genetic factors and having obese parents, and the high presence of digestive microbes which extract calories from food. Obesity has a detrimental effect on your health and can reduce your life expectancy, so it’s important to look at the best approach and most suitable type of weight loss surgery to help you regain your health and social well-being.  

After a thorough examination, we’ll determine which type of bariatric surgery is most suitable for your needs. For example, because gastric sleeve surgery is irreversible, our experienced bariatric surgeons, Dr Jon Armstrong and Mr Siva Gounder, will want to ensure you understand the importance of sticking to a healthy diet and regular exercise programme.

What health outcomes can you expect from weight loss surgery?

When weight loss surgery is conducted on patients with a BMI above 35 the results have been found to be dramatic and long lasting. For example, patients who have struggled with hypertension, diabetes, sleep apnoea, arthritis and asthma due to their obesity are often able to withdraw from medication after surgery. (Improvement in Co-Morbidities Following Weight Loss From Gastric Bypass Surgery, Dhabuwala A et al, Obesity Surgery, 2000).

Type of bariatric surgery: gastric sleeve vs gastric bypass

At Advance Surgical Perth, we offer patients between the ages of 18 and 70 two different types of weight loss surgery: sleeve gastrectomy, a procedure to restrict the size of the stomach by removing a portion of your stomach, and gastric bypass, which combines both restricting the size of the stomach and reducing food absorption.  

The most common type of gastric bypass surgery is the Roux-en-Y procedure, which is performed through keyhole surgery and creates a new, smaller stomach or pouch that is separated from the rest of your stomach. In addition, we also perform a newer form called the Mini Gastric Bypass, which is a bit more straightforward and takes less time than other forms. Contact our Perth practice to make an appointment and find out which type of weight loss surgery is most suitable for you.

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