On Monday SBS premieres The Obesity Myth, a 3-part documentary series that follows the struggles of morbidly obese patients and their families as they go through the weight loss program at Melbourne’s Austin Health.
With almost two-thirds of Australian adults tipping the scales as overweight or obese, The Obesity Myth breaks down barriers to social cohesion by challenging commonly held views of obesity.
The Doctors at Austin Health are taking a different approach by treating obesity as a chronic genetic disease. Patients are told, often for the first time in their life, their weight problems are not their fault, but often primarily the result of a genetic predisposition. The Austin’s treatment regimen, which is a last resort for many patients who are at risk of early death due to their weight, uses a combination of diet, medication and bariatric surgery to transform bodies and lives.
Episode One: Battling the Biology Challenging misconceptions about obesity as a lifestyle choice, this episode features patients such as former taxi driver Leanne, boxer Huss and the clinic’s heaviest patient, 248kg Karen, as they battle their biology to reclaim their lives.
Many have issues with gallbladder post WLS due to the rapid weight loss like experience which unfortunately can lead to issues with gallbladder/stones etc, so need to be aware of this. It just happens LOL. I had mine out two years prior to sleeve.
This is just a little rant. I've noticed that people will ask for advice and then just disappear without a trace. It's frustrating as they have taken the time to ask and many of us have taken the time to respond, only to get no follow up.
Yes, there should be no issue in consuming food post sleeve. Of course you still have to be careful, especially in the early stages. That's one reason I didn't get the band, I love my steak and pasta too much to give it up, although I still have them, just smaller amounts.
Very rarely a surgeon will proceed straight to sleeve after band removal as the stomach will need to heal. I think minimum time between ops is 3 months but that'll all depend on the amount of damage. I know of a few people who did gain weight in the interim and I'm sure the surgeons expect that, now that there is nothing stopping you from eating everything, well, you know what I mean. I'm a sleever and lost 60kg and have since had a tummy tuck (3kg removed) and breast reduction/lift (approx 800gm removed). No amount of exercise was going to shrink the tummy. Arms and thighs still have excess skin but I'm a bit iffy about having them done, plus I don't have the funds at the moment. I found my weight loss to be rapid in the first 6-12 months, then kinda slowed down.
Not many surgeons will accept patients without PHI. You always need to think of worse cast scenario. What if you end up in ICU etc? That can be very costly. If you can access your super (and if you qualify), I think Matthew accepts patients BUT I think they still prefer you have PHI as back up. They are both excellent surgeons and they're not going to take your money just because you want it done ASAP. It doesn't work that way.