Is there a Solution to the Obesity Problem?
Obesity is a serious, chronic disease and is not a simple condition.
Nearly 1 in 5 Australians are obese and are at risk of suffering major medical, physical and social problems because of their obesity.
Obesity reduces a persons life expectancy. There are many illnesses that are either caused by obesity or made worse by obesity. These include high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, blood vessel diseases and sleep apnoea. Obesity stresses the joints leading to arthritis in hips, knees and ankles. Obesity may also cause less well known problems such as fertility, pregnancy problems, gall bladder disease, some cancers and depression.
Having to carry this increased weight means that obese people find physical activity difficult and this aggravates the obesity problem and can lead to social isolation from family and friends.
Treatment of obesity starts with diet and exercise, weight loss programs and can include appetite suppressants, hypnosis and counselling. The results of these programs rarely last and the obese person falls into what is called the “yo- yo syndrome” where they continually lose and gain weight.
A surgical procedure called Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding has been developed to help these people achieve significant weight loss, in turn improving their general health and quality of life.
The advantages of this procedure are that it can be performed laparoscopically ( key – hole surgery), the band is adjustable and it can be reversed. The band creates a small pouch which fills quickly with eating and suppresses the appetite. The procedure is carried out as part of a team approach including Surgeon, Dietician, and other health professionals.
“Band placed around the top of the stomach”
To learn more about Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, please contact the Shepparton Surgical and Endoscopy Group. There are three surgeons currently performing this surgery at Shepparton Private Hospital for private, DVA and self paying patients.
There are information nights held during the year and their staff are happy to answer questions for you if they can, prior to your attendance at an information session or consultation with a surgeon.