Weight Loss Surgery Brisbane
Weight & Metabolic Solutions Australia offers a comprehensive range of weight loss procedures and surgeries.
There are a range of weight-loss procedures and surgeries available but not all procedures are suitable for everyone. At Weight & Metabolic Solutions Australia, we offer a range of non-surgical and surgical options. We can help you choose the most suitable option for you to help you achieve your goals.
Whilst it is important for you to research about what is available, it is vital to speak to a specialist weight loss surgeon before coming to a decision, to ensure that the choice you make will deliver the best outcome for you.
Support after weight-loss surgery is just as important, if not more important, than the surgery itself. Without adequate support, you may be more likely to revert back to old habits, have poorer satisfaction or risk having poor nutrition which can lead to malnutrition and other health problems. We will educate you on nutrition for weight loss surgery with our comprehensive, all-inclusive follow-up care package with no additional hidden costs.
Take the first steps to long-term weight loss, better health and a fuller life with Weight & Metabolic Solutions Australia and Lap Surgery Brisbane.
Surgical Weight Loss Solutions
At Lap Surgery Brisbane, we offer the following surgical and non-surgical weight loss solutions:
Lap band surgery, also known as laparoscopic adjustable gastric band surgery or simply gastric banding surgery, is a restrictive weight loss procedure designed to limit the amount of food the stomach can hold. Patients in most cases will typically lose 40-60% of excess weight over a 2 year period.
This safe and reversible procedure requires the surgical implantation of a silicone gastric band around the upper part of the stomach, via keyhole surgery.
The Lap Band can be completely adjusted to regulate the amount of restriction and ensure your comfort at all times.
It reduces the size of the patient’s stomach to between 15-30mL (in comparison to a normal stomach which has a capacity of more than 1000mL), holding a much smaller quantity of food at any time.
This provides a constant sensation of being full and restricts the amount of food consumed, helping patients achieve healthy, long-term weight loss.
Find out more on our Lap Band Surgery Brisbane page.
Gastric sleeve surgery, or laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy surgery, is a restrictive weight loss surgical procedure which reduces the size of the stomach and the amount of food it can hold. It is best suited to low BMI patients (30-40) and has commonly resulted in an average excess weight loss of up to 80% within a year.
The procedure involves removing a large portion of the stomach (85-90%) and turning the rest into a thin vertical sleeve, by using a stapling device during keyhole surgery.
The sleeve has the capacity to hold 50-100mL, which is about 10% of what a normal stomach can hold, without changing the intestinal tract or affecting the way the stomach functions.
It’s a safe, extremely effective weight loss technique that reduces both the stomach capacity and the levels of the hunger hormone Ghrelin, assisting patients with portion control and feeling fuller for longer.
Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass surgery, more commonly known as simply Gastric Bypass surgery, is a combined restrictive and malabsorptive procedure which has been successfully performed for more than 40 years. It provides superior weight loss results, with patients generally losing up to 80% of excess body weight in 12-18 months.
The surgical procedure involves both restriction (to reduce the stomach capacity) and malabsorption (to bypass the intestinal tract).
A small pouch is created in the lower stomach and the remainder of the stomach is stapled shut, which then allows the newly formed pouch to empty directly into the jejunum and bypass calorie absorption in the duodenum.
The small intestine is divided and re-joined to the stomach pouch, thus constructing 2 separate channels in the intestinal track – one for food, and one for digestive juices.
Gastric Bypass procedures help patients reduce their food intake and sugar consumption, which is another noteworthy benefit for people with uncontrolled diabetes or severe reflux disease.
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The ORBERA® Gastric Balloon is a non-surgical, reversible weight loss option that can help temporarily reduce hunger and control food intake in overweight individuals. It is most effective for people with a BMI of 27 to 35 and who want to lose approximately 10-15kg.
This short, 20-30 minute procedure is a temporary and more affordable alternative to other weight loss surgery options.
It involves placing a non-fixed, saline-filled silicone balloon in the stomach, through the oesophagus. It is inserted deflated, and filled with saline when in position to reduce the stomach capacity and subsequently limit food and calorie intake.
The gastric balloon remains in the stomach for 6 months and is combined with a 12 month lifestyle modification program, to help patients with ongoing weight maintenance after it’s removed.
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Omega Loop Gastric Mini Bypass surgery is a simpler and quicker alternative to the standard Gastric Bypass surgery, offering similar weight loss results in overweight patients. It works by both restricting the amount of food the stomach can hold, as well as altering the gut hormones that control appetite.
This quick and effective Gastric Bypass alternative involves dividing and stapling the stomach via keyhole surgery, to result in a much smaller stomach and the bypassing of 2-7ft of intestinal tracts. The larger, divided portion of the stomach still remains to assist with digestion, but no longer comes into contact with food.
When compared to the standard Gastric Bypass procedure, Omega Loop Gastric Mini Bypass surgery involves less re-routing of the intestines and only one anastomosis (connection of intestines) rather than two, which means it can be performed in less time and with fewer potential complications.
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On occasion, Lap Band patients choose to convert to a Sleeve Gastrectomy for a greater likelihood of significant weight loss.
With proven results of up to 70% of excess weight loss, even in patients who lost little weight with the Lap Band, the minimally invasive revisional surgery can put you on the right track to long-term weight loss and maintenance.
The conversion from a Lap Band to a Sleeve Gastrectomy is usually performed in 2 operations: the initial removal of the band and the implementation of a low calorie diet for 2-3 weeks, followed by the Sleeve Gastrectomy procedure.
This is normally done about 8-12 weeks after the removal of the band, to allow for any inflammation and scarring to clear up.
Making the conversion helps patients better suppress their appetite because of the reduction of the hunger hormone Ghrelin, and improves their vitamin and nutritional intake by eliminating the intestinal bypass and malabsorption.
Find out more on our Band to Sleeve Surgery Brisbane page
Converting from a Lap Band to the Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass can assist patients with more successful weight loss, resulting in up to 85% of excess weight loss – even in patients who only lost minimal weight with a Lap Band.
This one-step laparoscopic procedure is a highly effective way to re-target your weight loss goals and get you on the right path to a healthier life.
The conversion procedure involves one step and a brief recovery time: after 2-3 weeks of a very low calorie diet prior to surgery, the Lap Band is converted to a Gastric Bypass and then you are placed on a tailored recovery plan.
By reducing the size and capacity of the stomach, this revisional surgery helps patients make a significant and positive lifestyle change.
With superior appetite suppression and satiety when compared to Lap Band surgery, the conversion can also help with eating difficulties such as heartburn and reflux.
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If your weight loss surgery options have not delivered the results you’d like or are not proving effective, revisional surgery is an available option to consider. Our specialist surgeon Dr William Braun is able to perform revisional bariatric surgery for laparoscopy procedures, including Band removal, Band to Sleeve Gastrectomy, Band to Mini Bypass and Band to Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass surgeries.
Sometimes, surgical procedures don’t go as expected. Whether there are complications with the actual procedure itself, or the patient isn’t able to adapt their lifestyle and eating habits to suit, situations can arise where revisional bariatric surgery is necessary.
There are many factors to consider before undertaking revisional surgery, and each case will be looked at individually to determine the benefits, risks and likelihood of success.
Dr Braun is a highly experienced revisional bariatric surgeon and has performed many successful operations. Please contact us to arrange a consultation.
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Contact Us at Lap Surgery Brisbane for More Information
If you have any questions about which of our weight loss surgery options are right for you, or to schedule a surgical consultation with Dr Braun in our North Brisbane clinic, please contact us or call direct on (07) 3353 9694.