Weight Loss Surgery Conference

This October, Invercargill will be hosting the 5th Weight Loss Surgery NZ Trust National Conference.  The conference runs from October 31st to November 2nd and will be held at the Kelvin Hotel.  Highlights will include patient testimonies, a clothing swap, discussions on weight maintenance and re-gain, and looking at postoperative effects on relationships. To find out more visit www.weightlosssurgery.org.nz or download a flyer.  

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On mesh and hernia repairs

There have been a number of articles published in the popular press recently discussing the use of mesh in surgery, and associated complications.  Unfortunately this is a complex topic, and the published articles have in many cases made it more confusing. The use of artificial materials in surgery is something that has been going on for some time, with many benefits.  Millions of people have benefited from joint replacements, mechanical heart valves, and artificial lenses to restore sight following cataract removal.  The role of surgical mesh...

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Bariatric Surgery and Pregnancy

To follow on from the previous post on fertility and contraception, this post will cover the effects of bariatric surgery on the outcomes of mothers and babies. Considering first the effect of bariatric surgery on women and their pregnancies, it is important to realise that many women after bariatric surgery will still have a body mass index of greater than 25 kg/m2.  This is important as comparing pregnancy outcomes of women after bariatric surgery to all pregnant women, or to women with an elevated BMI will lead to different conclusions....

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Bariatric Surgery, Fertility and Contraception

I had the privilege last week on being asked to talk at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology conference in Queenstown.  The subject was pregnancy and fertility after bariatric surgery; which is very topical given the numbers of women who undergo bariatric surgery, and the questions they have on their ability to have children.  I will summarise the important parts of the talk below, and in the next blog post. So what effect does weight loss surgery have on women’s fertility? Firstly, we know that...

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