Enhanced Recovery After Bariatric Surgery

I have recently return from the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons. This is one of the world’s largest scientific meetings of bariatric surgeons and is always a good opportunity to see what is new, what is coming up, and to meet up with colleagues from when I was working in the US. Although there were few surprise developments, it is interesting to see where things are going and where we in Aoteoroa/NZ sit compared to some of the busiest practices in the world. In this regard, one not...

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Wilbur: The King in the Ring

Notable Pictures have just released a brilliant New Zealand made documentary of one man’s struggle with obesity and journey back to health. It stars Wilbur McDougall, a former pro wrestler, who agrees to let his best friend J. Ollie Lucks make a documentary about his laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy surgery and subsequent transformation. It is a very human story, and is told with respect and compassion. I would highly recommend it for anyone contemplating weight loss surgery, or who knows others who have had it. Wilbur: The King in the...

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Resources added to web site

I have been busy updating the web site over the past couple of weeks, in particular adding many resources for patients and doctors.  In particular I have added a page about gallbladder surgery, and updated the previous links page, now called resources.  This page contains downloadable patient information resources about gastro-oesophageal reflux and weight loss surgery, as well as our new patient and GP information guidelines for follow-up after bariatric surgery. The web site has also been updated to confirm our status as affiliated...

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Change in vitamin recommendations

I would like to announce a change in our recommended multivitamin for patients who have had gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy. We have been starting to notice a number of patients developing low levels of vitamin B12 at between 18 months to 2 years after gastric bypass surgery.  In response to this, Renee Ladbrook has reviewed the detailed descriptions of all the multivitamins currently available in New Zealand and compared them against the vitamin supplementation recommendations by the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. ...

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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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Agreed prices for bariatric surgery in Dunedin and Invercargill

I am pleased to announce that ABLE Ltd now has agreed pricing contracts in place for Mercy Hospital in Dunedin and Southern Cross Hospital in Invercargill.  These contracts mean that people are able to know in advance how much their surgery is going to cost and what is included.  In general we have structured our costs to include follow-up for two years following surgery, with the surgeon and dietitian. Prices and inclusions vary slightly according to which operation you choose and where you choose to have the surgery.  To find out more...

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