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Is the WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY industry regulated and safe?

Following the unfortunate passing of a patient who underwent weight-loss surgery, there have been calls by her family for the industry to be supervised by a professional standards body.

Every surgery, ever undertaken, has an element of risk. Whether the risk is small or not, it is always there. There are several factors which can help minimise the risk of complication in weight loss surgery and every candidate should consider these carefully. The factors include:

Is the doctor up to date with the latest and safest practices?

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Do I have to lose weight to get pregnant?

Pregnancy is an emotional time for every woman. There are so many exciting milestones to cherish, but there are inevitably some concerns along the way. For women who are overweight or obese, the number of health risks increase significantly and can cause additional complications that strike both physically and psychologically.

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A recent study published in February 2018[1] found that more first-time mums are now overweight or obese, which is causing the number of avoidable complications to increase relatively. The rate of overweight women increased from 12.7% (1990–1994) to 16.4% (2010–2014), while the incidence of obesity rose from 4.8% to 7.3% in the same time frame.

Women who are overweight or obese are significantly more likely to incur complications including:

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AUSTRALIA’S HEALTHY WEIGHT WEEK TAKES A BREAK, AND SMART EATING WEEK TAKES OVER

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Every year around February, the Dieticians Association of Australia launches the ‘Australia’s Healthy Weight Week’ initiative, which is early enough in the year to still capture the magic of ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ made by people.

The aim of the initiative is to get people thinking differently about what they eat, how they can prepare fabulously healthy and tasty meals, and how to best manage their dietary requirements over the long term. The program generally runs during the early weeks of February, and the website is choc-full of downloadable recipes, media kits for those wanting to be Hosts and get involved. However, the program has decided to take a break for 2018.

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What is the most popular weight loss surgery?

Types Of Weight Loss Surgery

When it comes to obesity surgery, each technique is as varied as the patients that require them. Three of the most popular variants of weight loss surgery are Lap Band (Gastric Band), Gastric Bypass and Gastric Sleeve. Each of these techniques have the same end goal, but with varying ways of achieving them. Below we look at the key elements of each technique, allowing for a clear comparison of the three.

Lap Band (Gastric Band)

Through keyhole surgery, an inflatable band is placed around the upper part of the stomach.

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How to prepare for Weight Loss Surgery

Preparation for weight loss surgery

Once a patient has made the decision to undergo weight loss surgery, there are some things they can do at home in preparation for the surgery that will make the operation easier, and less risky for the patient. Below are some suggestions that should be considered for peace of mind, and to reduce complications during surgery and post-surgery:

Learn About Weight Loss Surgery

Prior to making a decision, find out as much information as you can on the types of surgery you are considering. Read books, visit sites and open discussions on forums. Not only will your knowledge grow, but you will also discover support groups that can prove valuable before and after the surgery. Life Weight Loss offers free information sessions where you can discuss with our expert team, the benefits and considerations of our weight loss surgery programs.

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