The laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is the most commonly performed obesity surgery operation worldwide. It has a high success rate at achieving extensive weight loss (mainly in the first 6-9 months) and allows for a good eating quality (albeit vastly reduced in size). The stomach volume is markedly reduced, reducing your meal sizes, and the ‘hunger hormone’ ghrelin level drops in the blood which usually means a person will have a reduced desire to eat. It is a safe procedure and there is no ‘re-plumbing’ of the bowels. Food is still absorbed in the normal way. Each have their merits (see the links for each surgery type).
Dr. Le Page has performed around 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 (ANZMOSS).
Dr. Le Page will provide a recommendation on the merits of surgery and the type of surgery best for you, but will respect your wishes and opinion. He will look after you in hospital and co-ordinate your aftercare with a specialist dietician and any other health professionals (through the OClinic) who can optimise your outcome. 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) 9767 7908 to arrange an appointment with Dr. Le Page. Your individual circumstance will be clarified by Dr. Le Page during your review.