Bariatric Surgical Procedures
Why not just diet?
Randomised controlled trials have shown that surgery results in greater weight loss than diets. This weight loss is maintained over a longer period when compared with even the best of diets.
Importantly, studies have shown that mortality (risk of dying) is significantly reduced in patients who undergo surgery for weight loss when compared with those who don’t.
Surgical procedures for weight loss are; Restrictive, Malabsorptive, or a combination of both.
Procedures such as the Gastric Band and the Gastric Sleeve (Sleeve Gastrectomy) are purely restrictive, whereas the Gastric Bypass (both Roux en Y and Single Anastamosis Bypass) operations are a combination.
Choosing the right Bariatric procedure for you.
Gastric Sleeve is the most common bariatric procedure in Australia because it is simple, very safe and easy to live with for most people.
Single Anastamosis Gastric Bypass (One anastamosis/'Mini' Gastric Bypass) Increasingly popular; taking the benefits of a bypass (better weight loss and diabetes correction than the sleeve) with less risk than the Roux en Y. It is not recommended those with severe reflux or smokers.
Roux en Y Gastric Bypass is a often a better choice for those with significant reflux (heartburn), or revision surgery, but not for smokers.
Dr Crawford will explain the procedures, and help select the one that is best for you.
What is the best weight loss operation?
Watch this video where Dr Crawford explains the different procedures