Deciding to take the step to achieve sustainable weight loss and improve your health and quality of life requires careful consideration and support. Making sure you have clear goals for the outcome of the surgery and discussing with your surgeon whether these are achievable and realistic is important. Such a big decision also requires a commitment to change. Where in the past you may have been unsuccessful, with surgical intervention, your efforts to eat well and exercise can produce a real difference in your life.
Brisbane Weight Loss Surgery – Centre of Excellence
During your initial consultation we explore the relevant merits, strengths and weaknesses of potential bariatric procedures with you to determine which procedure best suits your needs.
Factors to consider include:
- Do you have severe reflux?
- Suffer from diabetes?
- Is your BMI over 50?
- Are you a smoker?
- Have you had prior bariatric surgery such as gastric banding?
Severe obesity is a life threatening disease. Unless you are very ill, under the age of 18 or over the age of 65, the benefits of substantial sustained weight loss are far greater than the risks of surgery.
You are a surgery candidate if you:
- Have a BMI over 35 with obesity-related illnesses such as diabetes or obstructive sleep apnoea
- Have made reasonable attempts at weight loss by other means without success
- Do not have psychiatric or drug dependency problems
- Are aged between 18 and 65 years
- Understand the risks and commitment associated with surgery
Calculating your BMI is the simplest way to know if you’re in a healthy weight range. Check your BMI using our calculator.
Am I a candidate for weight loss surgery? See our checklist:
- Is your BMI over 35 (use our BMI calculator)?
- Are you aged between 18 and 65 years?
- Do you suffer from obesity-related illnesses?
- Have you tried to lose weight without success?