John Flynn Private Hospital
Part of Ramsay Health Care

Surgery options to help you through your weight loss journey

At John Flynn, we offer serval bariatric surgery options.

Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding

The gastric band consists of a ring of silicone which is placed around the very top of the stomach. It has an inner balloon which compresses this area to control the appetite. The balloon is connected to a port lying deep to the skin. By injection or removal of saline into the port the appetite can be increased or decreased. It is a safe procedure which leads to good long-term weight loss. It is fully reversible.

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

The Sleeve Gastrectomy procedure involves removing approximately 3/4ths of the stomach leaving behind a narrow tube of stomach. This restricts the amount of food eaten before the sleeve distends, creating a feeling of fullness. This is currently the most frequently used bariatric procedure in Australia and offers good early weight loss. The procedure is not reversible or adjustable.

Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass

In Gastric Bypass procedure, a small stomach pouch is created to restrict food intake. Next, a Y-shaped section of the small intestine is attached to the pouch to allow food to bypass the lower stomach, the duodenum (the first segment of the small intestine), and the first portion of the jejunum (the second segment of the small intestine). This bypass reduces the absorption of nutrients and thereby reduces the calorie intake. It is not reversible or adjustable.

Insertion and Removal of BIB Balloon

A gastric balloon is an inflatable silicone balloon that is inserted in your stomach via Gastroscopy.  It works by making you feel full sooner so that you eat less.  Your doctor will inflate the balloon with air or salt water ( saline).  The balloon can stay in your stomach for up to 6 months

Revision Surgery

For people who underwent obesity surgery in the 80s and 90s and who have not managed to achieve or maintain their weight-loss goals. It is also performed in patients who experienced previous complications from weight-loss surgery. Revision surgery converts one procedure to another procedure which may be more suitable for the patient. In 95 per cent of cases this can be done laparoscopically (keyhole surgery). “Re-do” surgery is typically more complicated and involves more complications. For this reason cautious assessment and consultation is required for all patients considering this option.

Holistic Treatment

Our surgeons offer a holistic program which integrates the specialised disciplines of surgery, psychology and nutrition to manage obesity across a broad spectrum of areas that all complement each other to produce one long-term result. The specialist weight loss program- The Peak Program has been developed by Dr Candice Silverman together with her team of dedicated clinical and allied health professionals.