Weight Loss Surgery Options
Choosing to undergo surgery for weight loss is never a decision to make lightly, but when your life is at stake due to morbid obesity, it may be the only option left to ensure you live a long and healthy life.
Once you have made the decision to go ahead with weight loss surgery, you will then need to consider which procedure is right for you. We collaborate with you and all relevant professionals including our surgeon, dietitian, fitness adviser and psychiatrist to determine the right option for you.
Check below or visit our Weight Loss Surgery Brisbane page for a full list of surgeries and weight loss options provided.
Lap Band Surgery, also known as Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band Surgery, or Gastric Banding, is another restrictive weight loss surgery that decreases the quantity of food your stomach can hold. A patient’s comfort is top of mind with Gastric Band Surgery. It is also the safest surgical weight loss procedure currently available.
Weight loss is achieved in this procedure by placing a curved adjustable and inflatable gastric band around the stomach via keyhole surgery. This will divide the stomach into two parts.
The section of stomach above the band can hold a small quantity of food which helps the individual feel fuller for longer and sooner than they would have previously. This will encourage your eating pattern to change and you will become accustomed to eating less due to the restriction to your stomach.
Other than reducing the quantity of food your stomach can hold, this surgery option is also reversible. No stomach stapling, cutting or removal of any portion of the stomach or intestine will take place.
Food will be absorbed normally and your anatomy will not be altered. Doctors can also adjust the amount of restriction with this option. Clinical trials show that this weight loss procedure has resulted in an average of 42% excess weight loss over 3 years.
For gastric band surgery, turn to our skilled and trusted surgeon to achieve this weight loss solution for you.
For more details, visit our Lap Band Surgery Brisbane page.
Gastric Sleeve Surgery, also known as Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy, is a restrictive surgery optionprovided at our weight loss surgery clinic. It is a great choice for substantial weight loss that does not require drastic anatomical changes.
When this procedure is performed, the amount of food you can eat can be reduced by decreasing the size of your stomach. It involves creating a thin vertical sleeve or tube of stomach by using a surgical stapling device.
The rest of the stomach is then removed and discarded. This is performed via keyhole surgery. Between 50-100 ml can be held in this sleeve which is approximately 1/10th of what the stomach would usually hold. Despite the significant reduction in size, the stomach still functions normally.
The major benefits of a sleeve gastrectomy include limiting the quantity of food that can be eaten at a meal, vitamins and nutrients can be absorbed into the body fully because the food can pass through the digestive tract in the usual order, and no postoperative adjustments are required.
This is a great procedure for patients with a lower body mass index (BMI). With this procedure provided by our Brisbane weight loss surgery clinic, patients on average have lost 70% of their excess weight within the first 9 – 12 months following surgery.
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Gastric Bypass Surgery, also known as a Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, is a combined restrictive and malabsorptive procedure.
A restrictive procedure involves making changes to the stomach capacity while a malabsorptive procedure alters the structure of the digestive tract thereby reducing amount of calories one can absorb. This is the most commonly performed procedure worldwide and it is also considered to be the gold standard in laparoscopic weight loss surgery according to the American Society of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery.
Gastric Bypass weight loss surgery can result in an early sense of fullness and satisfaction that will reduce the desire to eat amongst other useful effects.
During this procedure, stapling occurs to create a small stomach pouch. The remainder of the stomach is then stapled shut and divided from the pouch that has been created in the lower stomach. The newly formed pouch directly empties into the jejunum which bypasses calorie absorption in the duodenum.
This occurs from dividing the small intestine just after the duodenum and having a connection constructed with the newly formed and smaller stomach pouch. This, therefore, creates 2 channels in the intestinal track. One of these channels is for food and the second for digestive juices.
After undertaking gastric bypass surgery, the average excess weight loss is generally higher than other procedures that are purely restrictive at up to 80% body weight loss.
The other major benefit of this procedure is that the quantity of food that can be consumed is restricted due to the smaller stomach pouch that has been created. This procedure also results in ‘Dumping Syndrome’ which discourages sugar consumption by causing the patient to feel ill after consuming sugar.
Though it is unpleasant, the dumping syndrome is not dangerous and actually proves to help modify behavior and reduce sugar consumption. This procedure is certainly beneficial in cases of uncontrolled diabetes and significant reflux disease.
For full details on this weight loss surgery option, visit our Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery page.
Mini Gastric Bypass Surgery also known as Single Anastomosis Gastric Bypass or the Omega Loop Gastric Bypass, is an alternative to the regular Gastric Bypass Surgery and is a procedure we can perform in our weight loss surgery clinic.
While this procedure is restrictive, it is also a simpler process and can be completed in less time than the Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass option. In theory, Mini Gastric Bypass Surgery can also result in fewer complications.
This is a procedure that has had a resurgence recently after being popular before 1970s. Thanks to keyhole surgery, this procedure is available once again as a quick and effective gastric bypass alternative, which is more weight loss effective as the food channel is eliminated at a cost of a potential biliary reflux
In this procedure, the stomach is divided with a stapler resulting in most of the stomach no longer being attached. Your new stomach will be much smaller and between 2 to 7 feet of intestines will be bypassed. T
he larger portion of your stomach that has been detached will remain and will still produce digestive juices to assist with digestion, but it will no longer come in contact with food. There is less re-routing of intestines in this procedure compared to regular gastric bypass surgery and there is one fewer anastomosis (connection of intestines).
This procedure results in significant weight loss results similar or even better than the regular gastric bypass procedure. The chance of complications in this procedure is also lower because the surgery is technically easier for the surgeon.
Because the original stomach is still in the body and functioning in this procedure, it is also easily reversible if needed. Because of the many benefits this weight loss surgery provides, our weight loss clinic Brisbane offers this procedure to our patients as a valid weight loss option.
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The ORBERA® Gastric Balloon endoscopic procedure is a non-surgical weight loss procedure that is well suited to overweight individuals with a BMI between 27 and 35.
This procedure involves placing a saline-filled non-fixed silicone balloon in the stomach. This expanded balloon reduces the capacity of the stomach to hold the food and limits calorie intake.
To place the balloon into the stomach, patients are under a low dose of anaesthetic as the gastric balloon is inserted through the oesophagus while deflated. The procedure takes 20-30 minutes and the gastric balloon will remain in the stomach for 6 months.
This procedure offers a weight loss solution with 10-15kg of weight loss achieved on average. The ORBERA® Gastric Balloon is also non-surgical, completely reversible, and effective in temporarily reducing hunger and controlling food intake.
For full details regarding this procedure visit our ORBERA® Gastric Balloon page to find the information you need.
EndoBarrier® Implantation is a great option to induce weight loss and diabetes resolution. No surgical cuts or surgical manipulation is involved to achieve weight loss.
EndoBarrier® Implantation involves placing a 60cm fluoropolymer sheath device in the duodenum just past the stomach. Once the device is placed, it lines the surface of the bowel and prevents contact with any foods and fluids that are consumed. Digestive enzymes will also not mix with the food in the duodenum due to the device being in place.
This is the perfect choice if you are unwilling to undertake major internal surgery. The biggest benefit provided by this procedure is the ability to stimulate the body to metabolise glucose better, thus avoiding or improving diabetes.
This option is also suitable for pregnancy or if you planned to become pregnant shortly and if you are younger than 18 or older than 65. EndoBarrier® Implantation is also useful to reduce your risk prior to undergoing a definitive weight loss procedure.
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Dr. Braun was trained by leading bariatric centres in Australia and the U.S.A. and is experienced in all areas including range of surgical techniques, research, program development and patient support.
We have the expertise to offer our client’s a range or options starting from non-invasive surgery. We approach your needs collaboratively with our surgeon, dietician, psychiatrist and fitness advisor. In the event that our clinical team is not available, our support team is only too willing to get in contact with the clinical staff to ensure your queries are answered in a timely and accurate manner.
There is an estimated three to four million morbidly obese individuals that surgery could help. The difficulty is that many surgeons don’t appreciate that Bariatric surgery is a highly technical specialised procedure and needs to incorporate surgical expertise and a multi-disciplinary team approach.