Understanding the Impact of Weight Loss Surgery

Weight Loss Surgery, also known as Bariatric Surgery can potentially help you lose weight, get healthy and regain your confidence.

Are you overweight, should you consider Weight Loss Surgery?

Weight Loss Surgery is an option if you have been unsuccessful in losing weight no matter what you do. Losing weight is a common complaint by people living in a time of abundant food options and busy lifestyles. Both exercise and good nutrition are vital and they should remain a key priority if you want to change your weight. However, sometimes people need more help.

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If you have a BMI (body mass index) of 40 or more, you may be a potential candidate for weight loss surgery

Is surgery a “magic bullet”?

The short answer is “No” – and here’s why. It’s important to realise that weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery) is not a quick fix for obesity. Nor does it get you a contoured body even after weight change (read more below about what to expect afterwards in terms of body shape).

Rather, Bariatric Surgery is a tool –  one that can potentially help you lose weight and get healthy.

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Following surgery, you will still need to maintain a healthy lifestyle with diet and exercise.

There are a few different types of weight loss surgery, so, how do they differ?

  • Gastric Banding: The size of the stomach is reduced so that you feel satiated with a smaller amount of food.
  • Sleeve Gastrectomy: A large part of the stomach is removed, leaving behind a sleeve connected to your small intestine.
  • Gastric Bypass: The stomach is divided into two sections. The upper part is sealed off and connected to your small intestine.
  • Maestro Rechargeable System: A pacemaker-like device is implanted in the abdomen to supress hunger. The device sends false signals to the brain telling it your stomach is full.

How will surgery impact me?

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It’s vital that you understand the full impact of the procedure and have realistic expectations. Below are 6 essential implications of weight loss surgery that you should know about;

Weight Loss

 How quickly you lose weight will depend on the procedure you undergo. A gastric bypass usually results in much quicker weight loss because it affects digestion. However, your weight loss will wax and wane over the next 2-3 years. You may hit a plateau, followed by a drop once more.

Eating Habits

 You will have to learn to slow down while eating, take small bites, and chew your food well. Small amounts of food will satiate you. Eating big meals may bring on severe nausea and vomiting. You will need to limit your daily intake to less than 1000 calories per day. The focus will be on protein-rich foods.


 Weight loss surgery deprives the body of essential nutrients. Following the procedure, the focus will be on eating nutritious foods. Be aware that;

  • You may need to take vitamins and supplements.
  • Its also likely that you will experience a change in bowel habits.
  • You may develop intolerance to particular foods and beverages.
  • Maintaining a food journal may be necessary to identify the culprits.

Body Image

 Following surgery, the weight loss will be welcome, of course, but as your body shrinks in size, you may notice that your skin doesn’t keep pace and starts to look baggy and loose. You may need plastic surgery to get rid of the rolls of excess skin to maintain hygiene.

Emotional Impact and Relationships

  • You will find that you can no longer rely on food for comfort.
  • Your self-image will change.
  • Your relationship may experience problems due to feelings of jealousy in your partner.
  • Support groups and therapists can help you with the psychological aspects of bariatric surgery.

Social Life

 A lot of our socialization with family and friends revolves around food and drink. After surgery, you will find you need to spend less time on activities that are focused on food. For example, you could exercise with friends instead of eating a meal in a restaurant.

Are you already through your Bariatric Surgery procedure – and have a stable weight, but want to change residual, excess skin?

Call our office today to schedule a consultation.

Further Reading:

  1. http://www.webmd.com/diet/obesity/weight-loss-surgery-making-the-choice
  2. http://www.webmd.com/diet/obesity/life-after-weight-loss-surgery-effects-from-head-to-toe
  3. https://www.ucsfhealth.org/education/life_after_bariatric_surgery/
  4. https://drpatrickbriggs.com.au/blogs/body-lift-surgery-faqs/
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Dr Patrick Briggs Melbourne Plastic Surgeon – FRCS (Plas)

Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Clinic in Melbourne

Dr Patrick Briggs is a Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon. Both he and his team are dedicated to excellence in patient care and are committed to treating each and every patient with respect and privacy.

Not only does he offer high-quality results he also offers natural-looking plastic and cosmetic surgery results. Furthermore, he is experienced in Breast, Body and Face Surgery having performed over 4500 Surgeries in private practice. 

Dr Patrick Briggs is an expert in breast, face and body surgery for men and women.

How can we help?

Dr Briggs’ Patient Coordinators take pleasure in assisting you with any questions when considering a plastic surgery procedure. Please call the Hawthorn East clinic in Melbourne between 8 am – 6 pm on Weekdays.

Phone 1300 264 811Email us or Book a free 15-minute Call with Dr Patrick Briggs’s team.

What Next?

Want more information about your Procedure?

  • For more information about pricing and payment methods, please visit our page on Surgery Payment options.
  • Talk to our Patient Care Team from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday on 1300 264 811.
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What to Bring to Your Consultation

  • If you like, please bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices.
  • Take a lot of notes and thoroughly examine the documents your surgeon provides.
  • You may need to undress so it’s a good idea to wear simple clothes.

How to Book a Consultation

  • Dr Briggs’ Consultation fee is $300.
  • A referral from your GP or your specialist is helpful but not essential. However,
  • To claim any Medicare or Health Insurance you will need a referral.
  • Please contact the Patient Care Team at Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery today to book your consultation.