Obesity is a chronic condition which is not always possible to reverse through lifestyle measures alone. In fact only a small percentage of people will maintain any weight loss in the long term using diets or lifestyle changes. Weight is regained and often more than before (the yo-yo effect) which is very frustrating and does not achieve any health benefits.
Bariatric surgery may be an option, but it should be considered as a tool to help maintain weight loss rather than a complete solution in itself. Lifestyle modification still underpins the long term success of the various operations. You need to work with your surgery and not against it. At Re:You, we can guide you through this process to achieve long term success. We are able to refer you to experienced bariatric surgeons, and we will provide all of the follow up care after your operation.
In Australia, the 3 commonly-used operations are the Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band (LapBand®), the Gastric Bypass and the Sleeve Gastrectomy. Each of the weight loss operations has its strengths and weaknesses and the decision as to which operation to choose needs to be individualised.