Client Review – Sharon

Meet Sharon. Before her Gastric Sleeve surgery Sharon weighed 109kgs. The before and after photos tell the story. At 77.6kg she is full of life and vitality!

If you're considering bariatric options, talk to our team about our free information seminars where you can meet the team and hear talks from the surgeons, dietitians and patients.

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It’s Time To Act On Obesity

It's Time To Act On Obesity | Bariatric Surgeons Melbourne | Surgical Weight Loss Solutions

There is no better time to act on getting your weight management under control than right now!

Don't wait a minute longer, talk to our friendly staff today about how we can assist you! We are here to help you on every step of your journey.

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We host regular Informational Seminars, In these free information seminars you will find out more about the LAP-BAND procedure and meet Dr. Ian Michell and his support team. You will also meet some of our patients who have undergone this procedure.

You can add yourself to our notification list using the form provided and we will notify you of upcoming Information Sessions via email.

Obesity is a Disease and Not a Character Flaw

Obesity is a disease and not a character flaw | Surgical Weigh Loss Solutions Melbourne
Obesity is a disease and not a character flaw | Surgical Weigh Loss Solutions Melbourne

IFSO2017. Obesity is a disease and not a character flaw.

The 22nd World Congress Of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders was held in London at the end of August 2017.

One of the main threads of the meeting was our ongoing need to explain the science behind obesity and that it is a chronic disease, not a lifestyle choice or character deficiency.

One session explored the genetic basis for obesity and the tools we have now to look deeper at the underlying mechanisms.

There are some single genes responsible for obesity but these are quite rare. Genome Wide Association Studies are some new tools which can identify genes which make people susceptible to obesity.

Once obesity has occurred our default setting is to defend our weight.
To consider obesity with a chronic disease model we need to have:

  • Societal compassion for those affected
  • Recognition that it is a chronic progressive condition
  • Understanding of mechanisms of disease and predictors of response.
  • Definition of lifelong care pathways.

In this setting we acknowledge the various treatments available:

  • Diet and Exercise programmes
  • Medications
  • The various operations which are available, each having their own advantages and risk profile.

Each of these treatments has a role to play, for the:

  • Right patient
  • The right treatment, at the right time.
  • Surgery must be accepted as effective and safe.
  • Surgery must be accepted by insurers as a necessary
  • intervention
  • Surgery must be integrated into the chronic disease model of care

Around the world the members of IFSO are working with governments and health payers to embrace this model of care, and to enable patients to get the treatment they need.