Obesity is a chronic illness afflicting millions of Australians. Obesity is defined by a body mass index (BMI) over 30. It causes many problems which impair someone’s daily life and wellbeing and reduce one’s life expectancy. Such problems include diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, sleep apnoea, reflux, fatty liver, joint pains from arthritis and a number of different cancers. There are a number of reasons why someone develops obesity. These include the ready availability of high calorie foods in our society, inadequate exercise, problems with an individual's metabolism (eg. polycystic ovarian syndrome PCOS), genetic problems and psychological difficulties. Losing weight benefits health and wellbeing dramatically. Dieting and lifestyle modification are critical to achieving this, although when obesity is chronic often these are not effective or sustainable in the context of our society.

Surgery has been shown to more significantly and reliably lead to extensive and sustainable weight loss than diet and exercise alone. This should be undertaken by an experienced surgeon specialised in helping obese patients and who can co-ordinate post surgery management. This management allows optimal long term outcome and monitoring along with allied health professionals (such as dieticians and exercise physiologists).

Dr. Le Page has performed over 1000 operations to help obese patients manage their weight, health and wellbeing. He has published international research on the condition and audits the outcomes of patients undergoing surgery to ensure the highest quality, including through the official national obesity surgical society (Bariatric Surgery Registry BSR). Obesity is defined by a body mass index (BMI) over 30 ( click here to calculate your BMI ). You may be a candidate for weight loss surgery if you are in the obese category or above, depending on your health profile and after review with Dr Le Page.

If you feel a specialist review may be indicated for you, please discuss with your GP and call (02) 91268963 to arrange an appointment with Dr. Le Page. Your individual circumstance will be clarified by Dr. Le Page during your review. You may wish to print and take with you this linked document (click the blue link below) which summarises your weight problem and helps you and your GP understand your risks and options - https://www.thescienceofobesity.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/OBESITY-DISCUSSION-GUIDE.pdf

Your normal stomach

Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy

Laparoscopic gastric band

Laparoscopic gastric bypass ("mini" / single anastomosis / omega loop)

Laparoscopic gastric bypass (roux-en-y)

The information provided is of a general nature and not intended for self diagnosis or replacing the opinion of a medical practitioner.