Obesity surgery has become more relevant in the last decades as worldwide obesity is now an epidemic. In Australia, 59% of the population is overweight with around 10 % being morbidly obese. This represents 2 million Australians exposed to a life-threatening condition.
Obesity surgery: Why?
Obesity is an excess of total body fat, which results from calorie intake that exceeds energy usage. A measurement used to assess health risks of obesity is the Body Mass Index (BMI).
Obese individuals have a 50-100% increased risk of death from all causes as compared to normal or healthy weight individuals. Obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death in Australia and obesity surgery as a treatment has become extremely helpful.
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When is obesity surgery useful?
Obesity surgery can help people who have been diagnosed as obese. This can be caused by a combination of the following:
- Genetic factors and obese parents
- Exercise, diet, and lifestyle (such sedentary activities, sleep habits or shift work)
- Digestive efficiency of converting food and calories to fat stores
The consequences of being obese, or morbidly obese can include a shorter life expectancy compared to people of normal weight. Obese patients may also start to pick up co-morbidities (health problems) as time goes by. Risks of obesity:
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Joint problems such as arthritis
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Gallbladder problems
- Some types of cancer (breast, uterine,ovarian, oesophagus, colon, pancreas)
- Digestive disorders (including gastroesophageal reflux disease, sometimes referred to GORD or GERD)
- Breathing difficulties, sleep apnoea, and asthma
- Psychological problems such as depression
- Problems with fertility and pregnancy
- Urinary Incontinence
Obesity impacts a person’s psychological and social well-being, too. Obese people often struggle with a negative self-image, social isolation, and discrimination.
When a person is obese or severely overweight, normal tasks can become harder. A person tends to tire more quickly and often experiences shortness of breath. Public transport seats, airplane seats, and cars may be too small. Obesity surgery is a potential solution to improving quality of life and allowing you to begin to think about a “new you” with a fresh start.
Obesity Surgery and Treatments
Short term obesity treatments can include diet and exercise. Unfortunately many people will frustratingly regain weight within the first year and often regain all of their weight within 5 years.
International studies are showing that obesity surgery for people with a BMI of 35 or higher has been very effective in resolving Type 2 diabetes and many other comorbidities. In fact, it has been more effective in this group than diet and exercise alone.
The right type of obesity surgery depends on each individual’s circumstances. Advance Surgical offers patients, aged 18 to 70 several types of surgery which include:
If you are considering obesity surgery, let us help you make your first steps towards the new you. Learn more about obesity surgery and treatments. Enquire or make an appointment at Advance Surgical: (08) 9386 2634. Or via email.