About Christchurch Weight Loss SurgeryCWLS provides a range of services for obese patients requiring bariatric surgery for weight-loss and the good of their health. Our surgeons utilize the latest techniques, which, when combined with effective long-term patient management, can allow a person to manage their weight, improve their health and get control of their life.
Recognised by the World Health Organisation as an Epidemic, obesity can seriously affect an individual’s quality of life and often leads to serious health issues.
A decision to have bariatric surgery is not to be taken lightly. All decisions about any obesity surgery must be made in consultation with a surgeon or General Practitioner.
Services & TreatmentsChristchurch Weight Loss Surgery provides assessment, diagnosis, advice, surgical treatment, diet management and follow-up care for patients requiring weight-loss surgery.
Types of surgeries offered:
- Laparoscopic adjustable gastric band
- Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy
- Laparoscopic gastric bypass
An Endoscopist performs an Endoscopy. This involves examining the inside of the body with an endoscope, a lighted, flexible instrument that has a small camera on the tip. There are many types of endoscopes, and endoscopy, named according to the organs or areas they are used to examine (e.g. arthroscopy examines joints; bronchoscopy examines the lungs; cystoscopy examines the bladder and urethra; laparoscopy may examine the ovaries, appendix or other abdominal organs; colonoscopy examines the bowel). An endoscope is passed through a natural body opening (e.g. mouth) or a small incision. Small instruments can be inserted through an endoscope and used to take samples of tissues for analysis (biopsy), to remove material (e.g. removing polyps during a colonoscopy), or to carry out a surgical procedure.
General surgery takes its name from general medicine, and is a surgical specialty focusing on the torso and abdominal organs and is undertaken by a General Surgeon. This may include the intestines comprising the oesophagus, stomach, small and large intestines, pancreas, liver, gallbladder and bile ducts. It also often deals with diseases and disorders involving the skin and breasts.
Laparoscopic obesity surgery
Obesity describes body weight and body fat that is much greater than what is healthy or desirable. Weight-loss surgery may be done for those who have not been able to lose weight with diet and exercise. The main aim is to reduce the size of the stomach to help achieve long-term weight loss. Three key procedures are: reducing the size of the stomach with an implanted band (gastric banding); removing part of the stomach (sleeve gastrectomy or biliopancreatic diversion); or by redirecting the small intestines to a small stomach pouch (gastric bypass). These procedures may be carried out in a minimally invasive way with the aid of a camera inserted into the abdomen. A small incision is made in the abdominal wall through which a laparoscope, a flexible lighted tube with a camera attached, is inserted to view the stomach and intestines. The surgery is carried out with instruments inserted in other small cuts in the abdomen. Laparoscopic obesity surgery permits a shorter hospital stay and shorter recovery time with less pain. It is usually done under general anaesthesia.
Laparoscopic surgery, also known as ‘keyhole surgery’, is carried out with the aid of a camera inserted into the abdomen or pelvis. A small incision is made in the abdominal wall through which a laparoscope, a flexible lighted tube with a camera attached, is inserted so that structures within the abdomen and pelvis can be examined. The abdominal cavity is made more visible by distending it with an absorbable gas, usually carbon dioxide. A number of major and minor surgeries may be carried out. A variety of tubes and long, narrow instruments can be inserted through the same incision in the skin, or via other small incisions, facilitating a number of procedures without the need for a large surgical incision. The surgeon uses these instruments to manipulate, cut and sew tissue. A number of procedures can be performed laparoscopically, including gallbladder removal (laparoscopic cholecystectomy), oesophageal surgery (laparoscopic fundoplication), colon surgery (laparoscopic colectomy), and surgery on the stomach and spleen. Most patients receive general anaesthetic during the procedure.
Bariatrics is a medical specialty that offers treatment for those who are overweight. This may include a programme of diet and nutrition, exercise, behaviour modification, lifestyle changes and appropriate medications. Bariatric surgery (obesity surgery or weight loss surgery) includes a variety of procedures performed on people who are obese (severely overweight). The main aim is to reduce the size of the stomach to help achieve long-term weight loss. Three key procedures are: reducing the size of the stomach with an implanted band (gastric banding); removing part of the stomach (sleeve gastrectomy or biliopancreatic diversion); or by redirecting the small intestines to a small stomach pouch (gastric bypass).
CredentialsMr Grant Coulter MBChB FRACS
Mr Richard Flint MBChB PhD FRACS
Mr Steven Kelly MBChB FRACS