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Weight Loss Surgery Guide

Weight Loss Surgery can be a safe and effective solution to long term weight loss for many people, but it’s not right for everyone.

Our team of specialists address the physical and psychological aspects of weight loss to ensure you get the best outcome.

Find out if weight loss surgery is right for you in our free guide, written by specialist surgeon Dr William Braun and psychiatrist Dr Anastacia Braun.

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Why Choose Us?

Expertise and Experience

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.

A tailored approach to meet your needs

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.

Proven results

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.

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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 advisor and psychiatrist to determine the right option for you. See information about the procedures and list of benefits below for the major weight loss surgeries we have available. See our weight loss options page for a full list of surgeries and weight loss options we provide.

Am I a Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery?

Don’t let obesity put your life at risk any longer. If you are morbidly obese or if you have obesity-related health conditions, surgical weight loss could be an option for you. Obesity-related conditions you could be inflicted with include obstructive sleep apnea, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes or osteoarthritis just to name a few. When you have such conditions, you will likely want to start getting serious about your weight loss, and you could be the right candidate to undertake in weight loss surgery. Please note however that weight loss surgery is not a cure for eating disorders. There is a number of criteria to be considered to be an eligible candidate for weight loss surgery:

 

More than 45kg over your Ideal Body Weight

If you are 45kg or more over your ideal body weight, you will come under the morbidly obese category. If you are morbidly obese, weight loss surgery may be an option you can consider.

 

You have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of over 40

Body Mass Index (BMI) measures your fat based on the relation between weight and height. If your BMI is over 40, you will also be considered morbidly obese.

 

Body Mass Index (BMI) over 35 and Severe Negative Health Effects

Severe health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure or any other condition caused by being severely overweight may mean you are eligible for weight loss surgery. The sooner you can lose weight the better to improve your health.

 

Unable to Sustain a Healthy Body Weight

If you have had difficulties keeping the weight off and have been unable to achieve a healthy body weight even through dieting that is medically-supervised, weight loss surgery may be the only viable option left to reduce your weight.

Gastric Bypass Surgery

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 Brisbane can result in an early sense of fullness and satisfaction that will reduce the desire to eat amongst other useful effects.

 

The Gastric Bypass Surgery Procedure

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.

 

The Benefits of Gastric Bypass Surgery

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 Brisbane option, visit our Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery page.

Mini Gastric Bypass Surgery

Mini Gastric Bypass Surgery also known as the Loop gastric bypass , single anastomosis gastric bypass or Omega Loop Gastric Bypass is an alternative to the regular Gastric Bypass surgery option and it is a procedure we can perform in our weight loss clinic Brisbane. This procedure is also restrictive and stronger malabsorptive however it is 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

 

Mini Gastric Bypass Surgery Procedure

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. The 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).

 

The Benefits of Mini Gastric Bypass Surgery

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.

 

See our Mini Gastric Bypass Surgery Page for videos, diagrams and more information on this weight loss procedure.

Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery

Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery also known as Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy is a restrictive surgery option we provide at our Brisbane weight loss surgery clinic. It is a great choice for substantial weight loss that does not require drastic anatomical changes.

 

Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery Procedure

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 Benefits of Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery

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.

 

To learn more about the sleeve gastrectomy option available at our Brisbane weight loss surgery clinic, visit our Sleeve Gastrectomy page.

Gastric Banding Surgery

Gastric Banding Brisbane surgery also known as Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band Surgery, aka Lap Band, is another restrictive weight loss procedure 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.

 

Gastric Banding Surgery Procedure

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.

 

The Benefits of Gastric Banding Surgery

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 banding Brisbane surgery, turn to our skilled and trusted surgeon to achieve this weight loss solution for you.

 

For more details about the gastric banding Brisbane surgery we offer at our clinic, see our Gastric Band page.

ORBERA Intragastric Balloon

The ORBERA Intragastric Balloon endoscopic procedure is a non-surgical weight loss procedure that is well suited to overweight individuals with a BMI between 27 and 35.

           

Intragastric Balloon Procedure

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.

               

The Benefits of Intragastric Balloon

This procedure offers a weight loss solution with 10-15kg of weight loss achieved on average. The Intra Gastric Balloon is also non-surgical, completely reversible, and effective in temporarily reducing hunger and controlling food intake.

 

For full details regarding this procedure see the ORBERA Intragastric Balloon page to find the information you need.

Endobarrier Implantation

The Endobarrier procedure 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 Procedure

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.

               

The Benefits of Endobarrier Implantation

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.

 

To learn more about Endobarrier Implantation, take the time to look at our Endobarrier Implantation page for full details and information.

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