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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What is the most popular weight loss option?

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    Dr Steven Leibman

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

    Dr Leibman is a general, upper gastrointestinal and bariatric (weight loss) surgeon. Dr Leibman's surgical interests include surgery for gallstone disease, hernias, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, … View Profile

    The sleeve gastrectomy is the most popular choice for operations at the moment in Australia. This operation involves reducing the size of the stomach by approximately 70- 80% and permanently removing most of the stomach leaving behind a narrow “sleeve” of stomach approximately the size of a banana. This obviously limits the capacity of the stomach so meals are significantly smaller, but it also has a powerful and profound hormonal effect on hunger, the desire to eat, and food choices which is biologically driven. It also has excellent results for most people in terms of weight loss and health improvements.

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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

    As Dr Leibman stated, sleeve gastrectomy is the most popular weight loss procedure at the moment in Australia and most Western Countries.

    However, just because it is the most popular currently, the "current flavour" or whatever you may like to call it, does not mean that it is necessarily the best bariatric procedure for someone.  The classic example of this is with what happened previously with the "lap band" in Australia.

    Ultimately, your dietary and eating patterns and weight-related comorbidities need to be taken into account, along with what you would ultimately like to achieve with weight-loss surgery - in order for the most suitable operation for you to be decided upon.

    It is important that appropriate surgical options are discussed with you and the approach should be "tailored" to your requirements for surgery.  Choice of operation definitely should not be decided upon just because it is the most popular currently, or because someone that you know had the procedure.

    Dr Jason Wong

    Weight and Metabolic Solutions Australia

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