What is bariatric surgery?
Bariatric surgery (or obesity surgery or weight loss surgery) is a type of gastrointestinal surgery that affects the size of the stomach or the amount of food that is absorbed. The purpose is to cause a person to feel fuller with less food, therefore enabling them to lose weight.
What are the types of bariatric surgery?
There are 4 commonly used operations in Australia:
- Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band (LapBand®),
- Single Anastamosis Gastric Bypass (Omega loop or mini-bypass),
- Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, and
- Sleeve Gastrectomy (sleeve).
Our Bariatric Surgeons can also perform the following:
- Gastric band (LapBand®) removal, and
- Revisional operations.
Not all surgeons perform all operations, so it’s best to talk to your surgeon about what is available and what is recommended for the best results in your unique case.
Who is suitable for bariatric surgery?
Generally bariatric surgery is available for patients with a BMI of 35 or more, or those with a BMI of 30 or more where there are comorbidities. It is available when all other options have failed.
Is there anything else required apart from surgery?
Our Bariatric Surgeons work as part of a holistic, multi-disciplinary team environment at AMOS (Australian Metabolic and Obesity Surgery).
As well as meeting with a surgeon, you will have the opportunity to receive support from dietitians, exercise physiologists, psychologists and bariatric medical practitioners.
Unlike other operations, bariatric surgery is the beginning of a journey to improved health, not a curative procedure.