Obesity has become an epidemic in Australia with now more than 60% of people suffering from weight-related issues. Obesity causes many types of diseases including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, fatty liver disease, sleep apnoea, depression and more. Luckily for these people, there are now many cutting-edge weight-loss procedures available that can help patients get their weight under control and regain their health, confidence and self-esteem.
Safe Surgery offers fantastic weight loss procedure options for obese patients such as Gastric Banding and soon Endoscopic gastric Sleeve Gastroplasy (ESG). The first procedure is done laparoscopically, otherwise known as ‘keyhole’ surgery through small incisions, whereas the second one is performed endoscopically using a natural orifice (scarless).
The minimally invasive Gastric Banding procedure is extremely safe and involves placing an inflatable low-pressure soft band around the upper most part of the stomach, creating a very small pouch and a narrow passage that limits the amount of food intake. Gastric banding is a popular choice as it’s completely reversible and much less invasive than other options.
This ESG method is quite similar to the laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, but the main difference is that no stomach is resected (only plicated from the inside), the surgery is performed ambulatory and the risk of complications is significantly less.
Sophisticated instruments are used to perform both operations, which were previously only possible by making large abdominal cuts. The benefits of keyhole and endoscopic surgery are great. It means there is much less trauma to the body making the recovery time shorter.
For further information regarding weight loss procedures or to make an appointment to see our surgeon Prof. Chris Berney, contact us today.