Obesity is not just being overweight. It can affect your organs and overall health, as well as be a contributing factor for diabetes, back and joint pain, sleep apnoea, and other conditions. Weight loss surgery help you lose up to 70% of excess body weight, giving your health and energy back.
Weight loss surgery helps in several ways. It restricts the amount of food you can eat and alters how your body absorbs food. Dr Stephen Watson and his team of Bariatric Physicians perform several weight loss surgeries, including gastric banding, gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, and intragastric balloon.
Since each person’s goals, lifestyle, and body are unique, our goal for your consultation with Dr Watson and his team is to determine the best weight loss surgery and plan for you.
Dr Stephen Watson has been performing weight loss surgery since 1999 and has completed more than 8,500 weight loss surgical cases.
Laparoscopic Gastric Banding
Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, also referred to as ‘Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding’ (LAGB), is a procedure where a band is placed around the upper part of your stomach (almost always by ‘keyhole’) to create a small pouch to hold food. The small pouch lies above the band and has a capacity of 15 – 20ml. The remaining stomach lies below the band. The band essentially limits the amount of food you can eat by making you feel full after eating small amounts of food.
Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass
Laparoscopic gastric bypass is a weight loss or ‘bariatric’ procedure which can help patients who are significantly obese. This weight loss surgery has been considered the “gold standard” obesity operation by the majority of the world’s foremost bariatric (weight loss) surgeons and involves the reduction in the size of the stomach by stapling or removing part of this organ. At Lap Surgery, we perform each of the three types of bypass surgery. Gastric Bypass has been proven to have better results with patients who have Type II Diabetes.
Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is quickly becoming the most common surgery performed for obesity in Australia. This surgery involves the reduction in the volume of the stomach which induces hunger satisfaction and greatly reduces food volume. This procedure permanently reduces the size of the stomach and unlike some other bariatric procedures, cannot be reversed.
The Intragastric Balloon (the BIB® System) is a non-surgical, non-invasive weight-loss procedure which involves the insertation of a specialised balloon inside the stomach to occupy space and limit the capacity of food carrying in the stomach. This makes you feel fuller sooner and limits your intake to smaller portions. While this procedure is temporarily in your stomach for six months, it encourages your body to adapt to healthier portion sizes. This option is typically recommended for those individuals who do not qualify for weight loss surgery.