Weight Loss Surgeons Directory – Australia
Australian Bariatric Surgeons Directory for Melbourne and regional Victoria, Sydney, Wollongong and Regional New South Wales, Tasmania, North Queenland, Perth and Western Australia, South Australia and Canberra.
Weight Loss Surgeons & Bariatric Medicine – Directory of Obesity and Weight Loss Surgery Doctors & related Medical Professionals
Are you a Weight Loss Surgeon or Bariatric Medicine Centre for Weight Loss?
Email us using a contact form, below, if you want to add your Weight Loss Surgery listing for Melbourne, Geelong, Gippsland, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Darwin, Hobart, Launceston, Woolongong, and regional areas of Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, Northern Territory, Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory.
Search for a Weight Loss Surgery – Bariatric Surgeon – by State, below.
Victoria – Weight Loss Surgeons & Bariatric Doctors including Melbourne, Ballarat and Geelong, VIC
Directory of Gastric Surgeons for Weight Loss in Melbourne, Geelong, Gippsland and regional areas of Victoria
New South Wales – Weight Loss Surgeons & Bariatric Doctors including in Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong as well as regional NSW
Directory of Gastric Surgeons for Weight Loss in Sydney, Woolongong, Newcastle and regional areas of NSW
Western Australia – Weight Loss Surgeons & Bariatric Doctors including in Perth (WA)
Directory of Gastric Surgeons for Weight Loss in Perth, Fremantle, Broome and other areas and regions of WA
South Australia – Weight Loss Surgeons & Bariatric Doctors including in Adelaide and regional South Australia (SA)
Directory of Gastric Surgeons for Weight Loss in Adelaide, Port Lincoln, Port Augusta and other areas and regions of SA
Queensland Weight Loss Surgeons & Bariatric Doctors including in Brisbane, Townsville, Cairns, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast (QLD)
Directory of Gastric Surgeons for Weight Loss in Brisbane, Cairns, Gold Coast, Townsville and other areas and regions of QLD
Australian Capital Territory Weight Loss Surgeons & Bariatric Doctors including in Canberra (ACT)
Directory of Gastric Surgeons for Weight Loss in Canberra and other areas and regions of ACT
Northern Territory Weight Loss Surgeons & Bariatric Doctors including in Darwin (NT)
Directory of Gastric Surgeons for Weight Loss in Darwin, Alice Springs, Katherine and other areas and regions of NT
Tasmania Weight Loss Surgeons & Bariatric Doctors including in Hobart and Launceston (TAS)
Directory of Gastric Surgeons for Weight Loss in Hobart, Launceston, Devonport, Kingston and other areas and regions of TAS
Obesity and Bariatric Surgery – On the Rise in Australia
There’s no denying that obesity is on the rise in Australia. This is not good news for Australia, with major implications on our health care system. But most importantly, if you are obese, it’s not good news for you. Carrying excess weight can have a huge impact on your long-term health, so now is the time to act. Bariatric surgery is becoming increasingly popular to combat obesity. It’s a great option if your efforts to lose weight using non-surgical methods are just not getting the results you want and need.
Why is being severely overweight or morbidly obese harmful?
- Obesity increases the risk of a range of health issues, including cardiovascular problems and Type 2 diabetes.
- It may also increase risks for some musculo-skeletal conditions, cancers and chronic disorders.
- Back pain is also a serious disability and a leading cause of sick-leave in Australia and chronic back pain can be related to being overweight
Bariatric Weight Loss Surgical Procedures
There are a range of bariatric surgical procedures available all designed to create and reshape the new you. All procedures follow the Australian standard of practice as outlined by the National Health and Medical Research Council’s Clinical Practice Guidelines. Procedures include the following:
- Gastric Bypass – This operation splits the stomach into two parts, one of which becomes a small stomach pouch that is connected to the small intestines at a much lower point. This both decreases food volume intake while also minimising the amount of nutritional absorption done by the small intestines.
- Gastric Sleeve Surgery (Sleeve Gastrectomy) – Reduces the volume of the stomach quite considerably through actually removing parts of the stomach. This of course results in a fixed restriction and it’s not adjustable like the gastric banding option.
- Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass – A less invasive form of the gastric bypass that instead of large incisions being made, several smaller incisions are made for inserting thin tools in order to complete the surgery.
- Gastric Roux-en-Y Bypass – Involves the creation of a small stomach or pouch, with the lower part of the stomach and some sections of the small intestine being ‘bypassed’ effectively restricting kilojoule intake.
- Gastric Banding – In this type of surgery, a band is placed around the upper end of the stomach with a resulting small pouch created. It effectively restricts food intake and the band can be loosened of tightened over time to suit the patient.
- Gastric Lap-band® Surgery – a gastric banding surgery that specifically uses the Lap-Band® gastric band.
- Gastric Balloon – an inflatable balloon that is inserted into the stomach non-invasively before being inflated with saline in order to reduce the available volume for food/digestion.
- Revisional Surgery
How effective is Bariatric Surgery to help people who are obese to lose weight?
The effectiveness of bariatric surgery for weight loss is well-documented.
Bariatric surgery produces results that most other non-surgical options, such as lifestyle and diet changes, simply can’t create on their own or in a time frame that will reduce the patient’s obesity-related health risks.
It is important, however, to recognise that having surgery isn’t a ‘set and forget’ solution to weight control. Surgery may need to be part of an overall plan for your health if you are obese. However, your lifestyle and diet post-surgery are going to be important factors in your overall health and the safety, sustainability and effectiveness of your post-Surgery results from Gastric Bypass or Gastric Sleeve surgery and related Bariatric Procedures.
Am I a good candidate for Bariatric surgery?
The best possible thing to do, if you’re considering surgery, is to discuss your own personal circumstances with a medical professional. This could be your GP in the first instance or a bariatric specialist.
Because every procedure has certain health restrictions it is important that you get into the best shape possible BEFORE your surgery, including losing weight on your own and exercising with a physiotherapist or obesity-trained exercise professional.
Changing your lifestyle BEFORE Surgery is good PREPARATION for life after gastric bypass or gastric sleeve or gastric banding Bariatric procedures. Not only can learning to eat a good diet and getting fitter by engaging in regular exercise helpful to increase your chances of having a better longer term surgery outcome, but it’s also often a necessary step to reduce your chances of surgical complications.
You’ll also be encouraged to maintain a special liver-shrinking diet because if you’re obese, you are likely to have a ‘non-alcohol related’ fatty liver condition, which is highly detrimental to your overall health.
Your post-Bariatric surgery body
Bariatric surgery can result in massive weight loss in a short period of time.
With that, invariably, you will also be left with some excess skin (redundant skin).
Where the redundant skin will show up, exactly, often depends on where you tend to have carried your excess weight. For some people this is around the tummy or hip area; for other people it’s around the upper thighs or upper arms.
While you may be lighter, you do need to be prepared for the possibility you may still not love your new body 100%. Remember, excess skin rolls on your body after rapid weight loss are a very common problem facing nearly all bariatric surgery patients.
You won’t be alone in dealing with such an issue, and a qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon can help you to re-contour your body, reduce redundant skin, and attain the more natural-body shape contours you’re looking for and may not get with bariatric surgery on its own.
- National Health and Medical Research Council’s Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Overweight and Obesity in Adults, Adolescents and Children in Australia
- Australian Bureau of Statistics National Health Survey 2014-15 http://www.abs.gov.au/videos/360-1215-003/360-1215-003.html
- Australian Institute of Health and Welfare http://www.aihw.gov.au/overweight-and-obesity/