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Bariatric (Weight Loss) Surgery in Sydney

Serving patients in Penrith, Baulkham Hills, Riverstone, Castle Hill & Blacktown

Bariatric, or weight loss surgery, is an effective tool for helping to treat obesity and combat weight gain. This page contains information about the various surgical procedures available to individuals who have struggled for years with obesity and have been able to safely and permanently lose weight.

Dr Kuzinkovas understands that losing weight can be physically and emotionally challenging and with over twenty years of experience he has helped thousands of patients to lose weight.

Is Weight Loss Surgery Right For Me?

If you are morbidly obese, overweight by more than 20 kilograms, or have battled obesity for many years, weight loss surgery may be the solution you have been looking for. These procedures can facilitate weight loss and improve the overall quality of your life.

Types of Weight Loss Surgery

There are five common bariatric surgical procedures:

Each procedure has different features and benefits and not every surgical approach will be suitable for all patients.

Dr Kuzinkovas will discuss these surgical options with you and help you find which treatment is best suits your condition, lifestyle, and desired outcomes.

Comparing Weight Loss Procedures

  Laparoscopic Gastric Banding Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass
Practical info Gastric Banding Sleeve Gastrectomy Gastric bypass
Procedure Minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure Moderately invasive laparoscopic procedure, removing a 75% of the stomach. Invasive laparoscopic procedure, involving multiple areas of the abdomen. Changes normal processes of digestion.
Reversibility Reversible Non reversible Reversible
Operating time 30-40 min 45-60 min 60-90 min
Advantages No change to normal digestion
Lower risk of early surgical complications
Lowest mortality rate
No hunger
No foreign body around the stomach
Low mortality rate
Less follow up appointments after surgery
Improved quality of life
Improved or resolved conditions associated with obesity
Regarded as "set and forget" procedure.
Best known long term operation
Rapid initial weight loss
Improves or totally resolves diabetes
Maximum amount of weight loss
Risks or Complications Bleeding
Tubing leak
Band Infection
Slippage
Band erosion into the stomach
Food intolerances
Gastric acid reflux
Reoperation risk
Staple separation or leakage
Gastric acid reflux (rare)
Changes to normal digestion
Staple separation or leakage
More follow up than after sleeve gastrectomy
Gastric stomal ulcer
Dumping syndrome
Risk of internal hernia,
No gastroscopic access to duodenum
Average Hospital Stay 1 day 2-3 days 2-4 days
Average time off Work 1 week 2-4  weeks 2-4 weeks
Quality of life Can be compromised
Some types of foods are not tolerated.
Very good Most type of foods are well tolerated Eating is normal, but portions are restricted Good
Sickness
vomiting
productive burping
Frequent, if the band is overtight. None to very rare None to very rare
Follow-up Regular visits to adjust the band are crucial for successful weight loss Regular follow-ups every 1-2 months for the first 6 months, then 3 -6 monthly to check on the progress Regular follow-ups every 1-2 months for the first 6 months, then 3 -6 monthly to check on the progress
Excess weight loss 40-50% 65-70% 80%

Resources

The following resources provide more information about bariatric surgery:

  • Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency: AHPRA
  • Australian Medical Association: AMA
  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons: RACS
  • General Medical Council (UK)
  • Ramsay Health Care - St George Private Hospital
  • St George Hospital, Sydney, Australia
  • Australia & New Zealand Gastro Oesophageal Surgery Association: ANZGOSA
  • St Luke's Care - St Luke's Private Hospital
  • Center of Excellence
  • Surgeon of Excellence
  • Inselspital
  • University of Beme
  • Kauno Medicinos Universitetas - Kaunas University of Medicine
  • The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  • Obesity Surgery Society of Australia & New Zealand: OSSANZ