What many people who haven’t investigated weight loss surgery do not know is that weight loss surgery is not a new fad or medical procedure. In fact, historical reports note that the first bariatric surgery was carried out in 10th Century Spain. D.Sancho, King of Leon, was reportedly so obese that he was unable to walk, ride a horse or even pick up a sword.. The effects of his obesity actually ultimately led to him losing his throne.
Escorted to Cordoba by his grandmother, D. Sancho was treated by the famous Jewish doctor Hasdai Ibn Shaprut. His solution to the problem was to suture the king’s lips together, so he could only be fed a liquid diet through a straw. This resulted in him losing half his weight, returning to Leon on his horse and regaining his throne.
Thankfully, weight loss surgery methods have since improved greatly, and modern weight loss surgery procedures are nothing like they once were.
The road to 21st Century weight loss surgery
It wasn’t until the 1960s that Drs Mason and Ito developed the procedure for the Gastric Bypass. This procedure was based on the weight loss observed among patients who had to have part of their stomach removed to get rid of ulcers.
These initial procedures were considered as ‘open surgery’, where surgeons would make incisions into a patient’s body in order to operate. While some incisions ranged from 3-4 inches, others were much larger depending on the type of surgery.
A major downside to open surgery is recovery time. While not only having to recover from the actual surgery with internal bruising, patients also needed to deal with the pain and possible infection of the wound itself. And to add insult to injury, a prolonged hospital stay would be necessary to minimise the risk of infection and further internal and external damage. Other issues also include large visible scars.
To contrast, minimally invasive surgery procedures that are routinely performed today reduce the patient’s stay in hospital for recovery, while also greatly reducing the risk of infection and visible scarring.
The Life Weight Loss Centre difference
Thankfully, over time weight loss surgery procedures and methods have evolved and at Life Weight Loss Centre in Sydney we are early adopters of cutting-edge weight loss surgery techniques. What does this mean for you? It means that we keep our finger on the pulse of the industry, making sure we are up to date with the very latest and safest techniques that will help you to most safely achieve the healthier and happier life you have always wanted.
The team at Life Weight Loss Centre is led by internationally recognised weight loss surgeon Dr Durmush. Having performed over 3,000 surgeries covering sleeve gastrectomy, bariatric surgery, revision surgery and the latest bypass metabolic surgeries, Dr Durmush’s expertise has resulted in several invitations to speak at European bariatric surgery meetings.
As well as his many outstanding accomplishments in the field of weight loss surgery, Dr Durmush is also a full member of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), International Federation of Surgery of Obesity (IFSO), Obesity Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand (OSSANZ) and International College of Surgeons.
His experience and expertise are clearly evident in the way that Life Weight Loss Centre approaches your weight loss journey. We understand that everyone’s journey and reason for wanting a healthier and longer life is different. We work with you to create a tailored solution that promotes a sustainable path towards your weight loss goals.
Get started on your weight loss journey today
To start the conversation that will put you on the path towards a happier and healthier you, call Life Weight Loss Centre today on 1300 669 259, or can fill out our online enquiry form and we will contact you shortly.