Trying to find the right surgeon to help you achieve your goals can be a daunting task. After all, a quick google search of weight loss surgery in Perth gives around 4 million searches. Clearly, there aren’t that many bariatric surgeons in—or around—Perth.
So, what do you look for? If you’re only just starting to do your research on weight loss surgery, then you’ll just want any site that can answer your questions. Questions such as; what options are there? Do health funds cover the cost? What’s the downtime? The success rate? Is it permanent? Will it prevent me regressing to my pre-surgery weight?
Medicare only really covers weight loss surgery for extreme cases. And even then, you’ve got to go through a long process, ticking a lot of boxes with no real guarantee you’ll be accepted.
There are private health funds who do cover some of the cost. But you will be out of pocket. And the health fund and your level of cover will also determine if your health fund covers weight loss surgery.
There are three main options for weight loss surgery:
Each of these procedures have their pros and cons. The biggest benefit of weight loss surgery is how it helps to provide you with a way to take control of your weight. Which can help to improve your overall health.
Sleeve gastrectomy is the most commonly performed surgery for treating obesity in Australia. This procedure is not reversible as it involves surgically reducing the stomach.
Gastric Bypass is beneficial for patients who are significantly obese. A gastric bypass literally bypasses part of the stomach through either stapling or removal of part of your stomach.
Gastric Banding involves placing a band around the stomach. This band creates a pouch to hold food limiting how much food you can eat. This is achieved because the small pouch will make you feel full after eating only a little food.
For procedures like gastric bypass and gastrectomy, the change to your stomach is permanent. However, it’s important to keep in mind that if you don’t follow the post-surgery instructions it is possible to put weight back on. So yes, the surgery is permanent, the results however can rely on your compliance.
Dr Watson has been performing bariatric surgery since 1999. In that time, he has successfully performed over 8,500 weight loss surgeries. Weight loss surgery has been known to help you lose as much as 70% of your excess body weight. This can help to give you your energy and health back.
While bariatric surgery is usually always the same process: your goals, lifestyle and body are unique. At a consultation, Dr Watson will listen to your concerns and your desired outcome. From this and an assessment of your weight and overall health, he will recommend the weight loss surgery best suited to your needs.
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