Weight loss surgery, or bariatric surgery, is a great tool to encourage lifestyle changes such as improved nutrition, more motivation to exercise, increased energy, and mobility.
Losing weight does not always have to be about achieving the idealistic body to satisfy societal standards. Weight loss is such a personal endeavour and should be about striving to improve the quality of your own life. After all, there are several health issues that follow obesity aside from societal pressures; these include:
- high blood pressure
- heart disease
- type 2 diabetes
- sleep apnoea
- liver diseases
- breathing disorders
- and many more.
In 2018, two out of three adults in Australia were either overweight or obese with continuously increasing numbers to date. Unfortunately, for many people weight loss can be daunting. It can be so easy to get trapped in a cycle of gaining weight when your exercise routines and diets don’t seem to be working for your body. It becomes disheartening and can make weight loss seem a nearly impossible feat. This is why people seek surgical help as a solution for losing weight.
Dr Stephen Watson is a specialised bariatric surgeon working primarily out of Perth but often does surgery consultations in multiple cities over the west coast including Port Hedland, Kalgoorlie, and Geraldton, making the process a lot more accessible to surrounding areas. Dr Watson has completed more than 8,500 bariatric operations and works closely with his patients to ensure they are making the right medical decisions to fit their body and lifestyle.
How does bariatric surgery work?
Dr Stephen Watson specialises in three types of bariatric surgery including: laparoscopic gastric banding, laparoscopic gastric bypass and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy.
Laparoscopic gastric banding in which a band is internally placed around the stomach. The band reduces the size of the stomach and therefore reduces the allowance of food portion sizes within the stomach. This results in a smaller intake of food, altering your overall eating habits. Of course, Dr Stephen Watson will work with you to create a realistic and nutritious diet following each surgery.
Laparoscopic gastric bypass is an operation that separates the top of the stomach from the bottom creating a small stomach pouch at the top of the stomach. Then the small intestine is connected to the pouch bypassing the lower region of the stomach. This surgery results in a smaller allowance for food portions and reduces the amount of nutrients and calories absorbed by the body.
Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is when the outer margin of the stomach is removed completely. Lap sleeve gastrectomy is a much simpler surgery than gastric bypass however it is not reversible. This operation removes the area of the stomach that contains the hormone that makes you hungry and leaves behind a sleeve of the stomach. This results in a smaller food portion allowance as well.
Following the surgeries, Dr Stephen Watson works with his patients to create a personalised diet tailored to your body’s dietary requirements and restrictions. He also helps create an exercise plan to help maintain weight loss as well as provide psychological support to encourage continued weight loss and lifestyle changes.
Schedule a consultation with Dr Watson to discover what type of bariatric surgery would be most beneficial to your body and lifestyle.