Surgery for weight loss may work for you

It is now understood that severe or morbid obesity is not just the result of excess eating but also a chronic disease with many contributing factors.

You are considered severely overweight, or obese, if your Body Mass Index (BMI) is 30 or higher. Obesity means that your excess weight is putting your life at risk.

Understand Surgical Options

Surgical procedures have shown the best long-term results in dealing with obesity. This Australian website has been set up for you to find out more about the various options for weight loss surgery, including laparoscopic gastric banding (also known as Swedish Adjustable Gastric Banding, or SAGB, LAP-BAND(R) surgery, laparoscopic banding (sometimes abbreviated to lap. banding), or stomach banding), gastric bypass and other procedures.


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Clarifying the cost-benefit equation in weight loss surgery for Australians who are clinically obese

Please view a video presentation of a panel discussion featuring:

Dr Lilian Kow - Senior consultant surgeon, Flinders Medical
Centre, Senior lecturer at Flinders University of South Australia.
President of Obesity Surgery Society of Australia and New Zealand.

Lynne Pezzullo - Director of Deloitte Access Economics and Lead
Partner of Deloitte's Health Economics and Social Policy group.

Marg McGill - Adjunct Associate Professor, Sydney Medical
School, Sydney Nursing School, Manager of the Diabetes Centre
at Royal Prince Alfred, Sydney.








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