14 million Australians are now overweight or obese. Obesity has become the biggest single public health problem facing modern Australia. The surgical treatment of obesity (bariatric surgery) is the most rapidly growing area of surgical practice in Australia today.
Today there are essentially three procedures in use, which are laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB), Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy.
Side effects of obesity
Obesity is an excessive accumulation of body fat. It is generally defined as a BMI of over 30. It is now recognised as a chronic life-threatening illness, contributing to reduced quality of life and life expectancy. It is strongly associated with many other medical conditions such as:
- Type 2 diabetes
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Heartburn and reflux
- Obstructive sleep apnoea
Most of these related medical conditions (or ‘comorbidities’) can be improved or resolved with significant weight loss.
Am I a candidate for weight loss surgery?
When conservative measures (diets and exercise) have failed to achieve long-term weight control, then surgery to control appetite and portion size may be an option in appropriately selected cases.
Suitable candidates are
- usually between 18 and 65 years of age
- have a BMI of greater than 35 kg/m2 and associated comorbidity, or greater than 40 kg/m2 without comorbidity
- have failed to achieve and maintain weight loss despite a minimum of 6 months conservative measures
How can ACFED help?
Weight loss surgery can transform your life. However, good preparation and post-operative support are often the difference between failure and success. We can help you to
- Decide whether this is right for you and if necessary, get a sympathetic hearing from your doctor.
- Prepare emotionally for the consequences of surgery.
- Manage feelings without needing to eat.
- Deal with depression and boost self worth.
- Manage body image changes
- Free yourself from the old habits and behaviour patterns that caused your weight issues.
Take the next step
ACFED approved practitioners understand bariatric surgery, why it is so hard to make behavioural changes, and how it affects your life.
Are you ready to change?