Sleeve gastrectomy Gold Coast

Can sleeve gastrectomy surgery improve serious health conditions

Learn how sleeve gastrectomy in Gold Coast can help fight not only obesity but also improve related health conditions and improve orthopaedic surgical outcomes.
Autor: Dr Candice Silverman
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Sleeve gastrectomy Gold Coast

Impact of sleeve gastrectomy on related health conditions

Obesity is a major health problem worldwide because it can lead to many long-term health issues. It also has been linked to a higher chance of dying early, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

“Fighting obesity is key to getting healthier and living longer. In Australia, 31% of the adult population is obese, and 12% of adults are living with severe obesity, which is having a BMI of 35 or higher.”
Dr Candice Silverman
Weight Loss Surgeon Gold Coast
Obesity is more than just a number on the scale. It can lead to several severe health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke and sleep apnoea.

How can sleeve gastrectomy help with other health conditions?

Sleeve gastrectomy is a type of weight loss surgery that helps a lot of people lose weight. Part of your stomach’s volume is removed, making it much smaller. This means you’ll feel full after eating less food. 

You can expect to lose 70% of your excess weight within the first 12-18 months after the surgery. Under the IFSO (International Federation for Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders), all individuals with a BMI higher than 35 may be considered for weight loss surgery, irrespective of the presence of underlying health problems, while those with a BMR higher than 30 may be recommended for surgery in cases of diabetes or for those who have not been able to maintain long-lasting weight loss.

“Gastric sleeve surgery is important because it helps you lose weight and can also make your health conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, or sleep apnoea better or even go away.”
Dr Candice Silverman
Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgeon Gold Coast

Let’s take a look at what the research is telling us. 

Diabetes Gold Coast

Fighting diabetes with sleeve gastrectomy

Type 2 diabetes is strongly connected to obesity. After sleeve gastrectomy many of our patients tell us they see great improvements in their blood sugar levels. 

“It’s not just about losing weight; a gastric sleeve also causes changes in hormones that help the body better use insulin.”
Dr Candice Silverman
Gastric Sleeve Surgeon Gold Coast

This can lead to a big decrease in the need for diabetes medicines, and some of our patients tell us they can stop taking them altogether just a few months after the weight loss surgery. 

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Reducing stroke risk and high blood pressure with bariatric surgery

Being obese puts extra strain on your heart and arteries, making you more likely to get high blood pressure and have a stroke 

“Losing weight after sleeve gastrectomy surgery can help ease this pressure, which means your blood pressure could go down, and your risk of having a stroke might decrease too.” 

Dr Candice Silverman
Weight Loss Surgeon Gold Coast

As a result, our patients can find they don’t need to take as much blood pressure medicine anymore, and some can stop taking it altogether. 

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Tackling sleep apnoea with sleeve gastrectomy

It’s well-known that being obese can make sleep apnoea worse. This condition causes you to stop breathing for short periods while you sleep. 

After getting sleeve gastrectomy surgery, patients can find that their sleep apnoea gets much better. Some even stop needing their CPAP machines, which help them breathe at night.

The weight loss from the surgery helps reduce fat around the neck, making it easier to keep breathing passages open.

Weight loss before orthopaedic surgery

Improving orthopaedic outcomes with gastric sleeve surgery

We’ve talked about how obesity affects serious health issues like diabetes, high blood pressure, and sleep apnoea. But it’s also important to look at how it impacts our physical health, especially our bones and joints.

Extra weight puts more stress on joints, which can make surgeries like knee or ankle replacements more complicated.

“Orthopaedic surgeons often suggest losing weight to help make surgery more successful and post-operatively better outcomes.” 

Dr Candice Silverman
Bariatric Surgeon Gold Coast

If your orthopaedic surgeon has recommended weight loss, reach out to our welcoming team at Core Specialist Group in Gold Coast. We’ll guide you through the process and timelines, helping you plan your orthopaedic surgery at the right time. 

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FAQs about weight loss and associated health conditions

How do I best prepare for weight loss surgery?

If you’ve made the decision to proceed with weight loss surgery, it’s important you feel prepared. In this blog post, my colleague Dr Anna Isaacs will guide you through ten essential steps to help you feel ready for this transformative journey.

What should I know before bariatric surgery?

As someone who specialises in weight loss surgery on the Gold Coast and Northern Rivers area, I always help patients understand all the ins and outs of bariatric surgery. In this article, I’ll go over the top 10 things you should know before going through with the procedure.

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The gastric sleeve surgeons at Core Specialist Group consult in Tugun, Lismore, Byron Bay and Ballina (Gold Coast and Northern Rivers areas). 

We’re here to help you keep the weight off for good. Get in touch and let’s work on your health goals together.