Surgery to lose weight

Weight loss surgery is a proven method to lose excessive weight when someone is massively overweight.

There are three few main surgery types performed in Australia - adjustable gastric band, sleeve gastrectomy (gastric sleeve), roux en Y gastric bypass (RYGB).

A few other surgical procedures are less commonly offered and performed in Australia. These include omega loop, biliopancreatic diversion (BPD with or without duodenal switch) or bypass surgery, VBloc, combination procedures (eg adjustable band placed over a previous RYGB or sleeve) and experimental procedures such as gastric plication. Older surgeries for weight loss that are no longer performed include jaw wiring, stomach staples and fixed gastric rings.

Each year I attend the conference of Obesity Surgery Society Australia and New Zealand (OSSANZ), where novel procedures are explored, current procedures are critically reviewed and evaluated, and colleagues from near and far gather to share evidence, insights and experiences with bariatric weight loss surgeries, and importantly discuss the nutrition and psychological impacts of each surgery.

Click on the surgery type to find out more about each one.

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