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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Gastric sleeve criteria

    Exploring gastric sleeve option, please advise - Est 40 BMI, 5 ft 1 @ 92 kgs, despite portion control and healthy eating, I am gaining weight. Family history: Type 1 diabetes; strokes; and kidney problems. I also have long term oedema (medicated) with declining health and limitations. Would I be likely to be considered for other forms of treatment to manage growing weight problem and declining health and increasing pain?
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    Dr Jason Wong

    Bariatric (Obesity) Surgeon, General Surgeon, Laparoscopic Surgeon, Upper GI Surgeon (Abdominal)

    Jason Wong is a skilled Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgeon with expertise in sleeve and gastric bypass surgery, gallbladder, hernia, endoscopic pilonidal, antireflux and emergency general ... View Profile

    You are certainly a potential candidate for bariatric surgery, which includes the gastric sleeve, or sleeve gastrectomy.

    Usual criteria include a BMI 40 or greater, or BMI 35 with weight-related comorbidities.

    Whilst bariatric surgery is not a treatment for Type 1 diabetes, it is for Type 2 diabetes.  Sleeve gastrectomy is the most commonly performed bariatric surgery in Australia and it is very effective. Typical medical problems that improve after a sleeve gastrectomy are Type 2 diabetes, sleep apnoea, hypertension, high cholesterol, osteoarthritis.  There are also other conditions that also can improve.  Overall, a few months after surgery once patients have recovered and settled into their new dietary habits and get into some exercise, they feel like a new person on the road to a new healthy life.

    Many bariatric practices will offer obligation free initial consultations if you would like to learn more about whether it is something you would like to pursue.

    Kind regards,

    Dr Jason Wong

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