Weight loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, refers to a number of procedures performed on the stomach and intestines that alter the way food is consumed and absorbed.
At the Surgical Weight Loss Centre, we specialise in four surgical options for weight loss – sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass (both the Roux-en-Y and newer ‘mini’ bypass), gastric banding and the latest procedure SIPS.
We conduct minimally invasive laparoscopic – or ‘keyhole’ – operations on the stomach, duodenum, small bowel, gallbladder, adrenal glands and pancreas.
Our tight-knit team of experienced specialists is headed by Dr Jordaan – a specialist upper gastrointestinal surgeon with over 25 years of surgical experience – and includes anaesthetists, bariatric nurses, dietitians and a clinical psychologists. We work together to design the best possible plan for each individual patient – from initial consultation, surgery and dietary management, to ongoing care that continues well after your procedure is complete.
For further information on each of the surgical weight loss procedures, select an option below, or contact us on 07 5558 6666 for a personal, confidential consultation.
Is Weight Loss Surgery Safe?
As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with bariatric surgery. The risk of a surgical complication is low, approximately 1 to 2%. To put this into perspective, it is approximately the same overall risk as having your gallbladder removed, and is less than having a joint replaced. However, when complications do occur they can potentially be harder to fix.
A leak from the staple line can occur in 1% of cases. Early detection and management is crucial to give the patient the best chance of a quicker, smoother recovery. However, in some cases if a leak occurs the recovery time can be lengthy. If leaks are going to occur, they typically present in the first two weeks after the operation. Once past this point, few things can go wrong. The risks of surgery need to be weighed up against the risk of leaving severe obesity untreated. Talk to your doctor about whether bariatric surgery would be a suitable option for you.