Weight Loss Surgery Overseas
Weight loss surgery organised in Australia and treated in Malaysia.
Weight Loss Frustrations and Solutions
A BMI of 30 and more, puts you in the overweight/obese class. Losing weight as any overweight or obese person can testify, is an extremely disappointing and frustrating endeavour. If you have tried and tried again but failed each time then we could have the solution for you.
How Obesity Affects Your Health:
- High Blood Pressure
- High cholesterol
- Type 2 diabetes
- Heart disease and stroke
- Joint problems caused by extra weight
- Trouble breathing, including sleep apnea, in which you briefly stop breathing while you’re asleep
The surgical treatment of obesity (bariatric surgery) is the most rapidly growing area of surgical practice today. This reflects both the ability of bariatric surgical procedures to provide a solution to an otherwise insoluble problem and the evolution of safer, less invasive procedures.
- Today there are essentially three procedures in use: Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB),
- Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB)
- Biliopancreatic diversion
Bariatric surgery provides hopes and a brand new life for obese people who want to lose weight for good and become healthy.
Many bariatric surgery patients who have significant weight loss experience:
- Improved overall quality of life
- Improved physical functioning and appearance
- Improved social and economic opportunities
Studies found that gastric bypass:
- Resolved type 2 diabetes in 83.8% of patients and often resolved the disease within days of surgery
- Solved high blood pressure in 75.4% of patients
- Improved high cholesterol in 95% of patients
Gastric Sleeve Surgery
Gastrectomy surgery is one of the most rapidly growing procedures. Surgeons who previously performed gastric band surgery are now performing sleeve gastrectomies. This procedure offers patients long term results with minimal complications.
This method works by restricting the amount of food that can be consumed with any given meal. Normally the human stomach can store up to two litres in volume before it distends enough to give a sensation of fullness.
The procedure involves dividing the stomach along the inner curve, removing 80% of the stomach and leaving behind only a sleeve, therefore restricting the amount of food that can be eaten before it distends, giving a sensation of fullness.
Ghrelin is a hunger hormone secreted predominantly by the stomach. By removing 80% of the stomach, the amount of ghrelin secreted between meals is significantly reduced, hence patients who’ve had the sleeve gastrectomy don’t feel the need to snack between meals.
Weight loss following the gastric sleeve could be impressive. We have witnessed patients that have seen substantial weight loss, which occurs in the first 12 months. Some have also experienced reversal or improvement in diabetes, hypertension, and obstructive sleep apnoea.
Hospital stay: 2 – 3 days
Surgery time: 90 minutes
Surgery type: Reversible NO
GASTRIC SLEEVE SURGERY IS BEST SUITED TO:
- Patients who are looking for a less invasive procedure to the gastric bypass.
- Age groups usually include patients from ages 18-65.
- Weight loss for IVF
- Treatment of medical condition such as diabetes, hypertension, and sleep apnoea in patients with morbid obesity with a BMI greater than 30
- Morbidly obese with polycystic ovarian syndrome.
- Revisional surgery for failed gastric band
- May be less expensive than other procedures*
- Less potential for complications
- Could have weight loss results*
- May help in good long term results*
- Patients may not need to diet
- Portions control
- May help eliminate or relieve symptoms of many health conditions (e.g.diabetes)*
Gastric Bypass Surgery
This method has the longest track record compared to the gastric band and the sleeve gastrectomy.
Gastric bypass is also known as Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass (RYGB) and involves dividing the stomach into two sections to create a small stomach pouch that is then attached to a segment of the small intestine. The remainder of the stomach is left inside the body but is disconnected from the normal food channel. The small stomach pouch restricts the amount of food that can be eaten.
The bypassed 100-150cm of small bowel reduces the absorption of fat, calories and nutrients. The change in configuration of the small bowel leads to changes in gut hormones that are responsible for weight loss and improvement in diabetes.
Hospital stay: 3 – 4 days
Surgery time: 120 minutes
Surgery type: Reversible YES
- May see more weight loss compared to the gastric sleeve or the gastric band*
- Could potentially improvement in diabetes compared to the gastric sleeve or the band*
- Suitable for revisional weight loss surgery*
- May treat severe reflux
- Could help release of gut hormones promotes long term weight loss*