Bariatric Surgery

Gastric Sleeve & Omega-loop Mini Bypass

Are you ready to capitalise on your weight loss surgery success?

Bariatric Surgery support

With the right dietary advice, a good plan and a positive attitude, you can make sure the weight stays off for life.

Diet, exercise and certain medications are the first steps for losing weight in overweight women, many studies have found that losing more than 10kg of excess body weight is extremely difficult. Weight loss (bariatric) surgery has recently received bad press and labelled the “easy way out”. I’m here to try and change that. Bariatric surgery has proved to be effective in significantly and quickly reducing body weight. However, people who get matched with the best operation for them, who sort out their aftercare and make on-going lifestyle and dietary changes, are the people who consistently have the best long-term results. This new way of eating will seem overwhelming at first, but over time, with the help of your weight loss team, your new way of life will become routine. Now, I’m pretty sure that no operation is ever the “easy way out”. Making the decision to undergo a procedure where 80% of your stomach is removed during the laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG), or the re-routing of a smaller stomach pouch to a lower part of your small intestine, which is what occurs with the omega-loop mini gastric bypass (MGBP), to improve your health and live your best life! It is a choice, and people have often suffered a lot to reach that decision. There will be challenges along the journey – before, during and after the procedure. But I am here to educate, engage and empower you on your journey.

A little more about bariatric surgery

You may have already done your own research but if you are new to this, here’s a quick breakdown:

Gastric Sleeve

What can you expect?

You can expect to lose greater than 50% of your body weight from gastric sleeve surgery by the end of 5 years. However, everybody is different and success rates will depend on whether you maintain positive dietary pattern changes and regular exercise.

It can take up to 2 years to reach your target weight post-surgery. Regular dietary monitoring, exercise and blood tests will ensure you hit your weight loss goals and not risk nutrient deficiencies. Nutrient deficiencies can cause hair loss, bone weakening, fatigue and reduced immunity, all which will have an impact on your health and stop you living your best life! 

The ‘gastric sleeve’ aka ‘sleeve gastrectomy’ or ‘VSG’, is the fastest-growing weight loss surgery in the world 🌎 and regarded as the gold standard weight loss procedure for most patients with uncomplicated obesity.

The gastric sleeve works by reducing the existing stomach to about 80% of the original stomach, leaving a smaller banana 🍌 shaped stomach for food collection. The reduction in the stomach changes the brain’s hunger drivers, which generally makes you feel less hungry after surgery.

Unfortunately this doesn’t mean any emotional struggles or mindset challenges will automatically go away after surgery. Long term weight loss success is a combination of both strong mindset and good nutrition 😀

Omega-loop gastric bypass

What can you expect? 

The omega-loop gastric bypass (also called mini gastric bypass) is a simplified version of the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery. It only involves one anastomosis (connection) instead of two like during the Roux-en-Y. During the omega-loop, the stomach pouch is reduced in size and interconnected to the small intestine. This causes any food eaten to bypass the first part of the small intestine which results in earlier feelings of fullness and some malabsorption. The malabsorption means that fewer calories are absorbed leading to greater weight loss.

The omega-loop is more effective for long term weight loss than gastric sleeve surgery. You can expect to lose up to 80% of your extra body weight. However, the risk of nutrient deficiencies is higher due to the increased level of malabsorption associated with the surgery.

Committing to your new way of life will guarantee your success. This new lifestyle includes prioritising high protein foods, using mindful eating strategies, taking your bariatric multivitamins everyday, avoiding alcohol and carbonated beverages, as well as separating your fluids from meals to avoid dumping syndrome. 😀

Whether you’re thinking about bariatric surgery or are at any stage in the process and need advice, book a slot with Lara and get your weight-loss journey on the right track!