Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
Sleeve gastrectomy is the most commonly performed weight loss operation in Australia and will generally be the first choice for most patients. Sleeve gastrectomy is performed using laparoscopy (keyhole surgery), requires a general anaesthetic and a one to two night stay in hospital. It is the safest operation that works consistently.
Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass
Gastric bypass is the most established weight loss operation worldwide, with the best track record. It helps you lose weight in two ways. Firstly, a small pouch is made at the top part of your stomach to limit the amount of food you can eat. Secondly your small bowel is joined to this pouch in a 'y' shape meaning that food skips or ‘bypasses’ the rest of your stomach and part of your small bowel. Gastric bypass is performed using keyhole surgery, usually requires a 1-2 night stay in hospital and is an excellent alternative to sleeve gastrectomy. It is not designed to cause malabsorption or malnutrition.
Laparoscopic Single anastomosis gastric bypass
Single anastomosis gastric bypass is the newest of the weight loss operations. It provides a similar strong action to the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass but may be safer in the long term. It is also known as a ‘mini’ gastric bypass or an ‘omega loop’ bypass. It is also performed using keyhole surgery and requires a 1-2 night stay in hospital.
Laparoscopic adjustable banding
Laparoscopic adjustable banding has been one of the main weight loss operations performed in Australia over the last 10-20 years. It is safe and has produced good results in a lot of people but has been replaced gradually by the other operations as it tends to work only in 30% of people (sleeve and bypass work in 70-75%)
Which is the best procedure for me?
What’s right for you depends on a number of things, including how much excess weight you
need to lose and medical conditions you may have. Sometimes one procedure is recommended over another, although for a lot of people a sleeve or a bypass are both excellent options.
Dr Peter Hamer will assess you thoroughly and together with him you can make the best decision for your health.
Book an appointment with Dr Peter Hamer today!