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A recent Australian study into the effectiveness and viability of bariatric surgery for public health patients has found that, in addition to extremely positive health outcomes, patients are overwhelmingly satisfied with their decision to undertake the surgery.
The study, which was published in the Australia and New Zealand Journal of Surgery, followed 1,453 patients who underwent weight loss surgery – primarily laparoscopic gastric bands – at The Alfred public hospital in Melbourne over the six years following their procedures.
To be eligible for the study, patients had to have a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 35 as well as at least one associated health problem like high blood pressure. The average BMI of patients participating in the study was over 50, classifying them as very severely overweight and drastically increasing the likelihood of associated health problems including reduced life expectancy.
While the study aimed to discover if bariatric surgery (like the gastric band procedure) could have similar outcomes for public patients in a high-volume setting as they do for private patients, the study’s findings about patient satisfaction stand out the most.
82% of the patients reported that they would “definitely or probably” have the surgery again, 8% were undecided, and only 10% reported that they would “definitely or probably” not have the surgery again, given the choice.
In addition to the patient satisfaction, most participants in the study lost substantial amounts of weight and experienced improvements as a direct result of the procedure.
Gastric band surgery, the most popular bariatric procedure with the study’s patients, involves placing an adjustable belt around the upper portion of a patient’s stomach, effectively restricting the amount of food it can hold and slowing how quickly it empties.
By slowing and limiting the amount of food that can be eaten at any one time, for the patient, this means a lower appetite and a feeling of fullness (satiation) sooner. Ultimately, this leads to significant long-term weight loss for most patients.
Bariatric surgery is most effective when undertaken as part of a multidisciplinary weight loss program that involves bariatric physicians, dieticians, clinical psychologists, bariatric nurses and exercise physiologists.
By implementing these kinds of holistic programs, Adelaide Bariatric Centre has a strong, proven record of success managing obesity. To learn more about our treatments for obesity, click here.