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How Many People are Getting Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery?

Posted on: June 7th, 2020
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Obesity is an epidemic. According to the world health organisation, obesity has nearly tripled in the last 45years (since 1975) affecting around 13% of adults (aged 18 and over). In addition, 39% of adults around the world are classified as overweight.

With so many people suffering from obesity it’s no wonder Bariatric surgery has become more popular. In truth, a lot of people who have struggled long term with obesity, find that lifestyle changes alone aren’t enough to help them lose weight.

Due to this many people who are morbidly overweight are left considering life-changing bariatric weight loss surgery.

Increase in Bariatric Procedures

As stated previously statistics show a significant increase in bariatric surgeries. Statistics also show that:

  • 34.2% of the bariatric surgeries were Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedures,
  • Meanwhile, 14% of the bariatric surgeries involved gastric banding,
  • And, 42.1% of the surgeries involved gastric sleeves,
  • While only, 1% of the procedures involved the duodenal switch method.
  • in addition, 6% were revisional surgeries
  • And, 2.7% of the bariatric weight-loss surgeries were classified as “other”
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Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery: What Are The Latest Options?

Further information about bariatric surgery options can be found at New Body Specialists. These options include:

  • Gastric Sleeve Surgery
  • Roux-en-Y gastric bypass
  • Gastric Bypass Surgery
  • Lap Band/Gastric Band Surgery
  • Gastric Balloon Surgery


Commentary from Melbourne Plastic Surgeon Dr Geoff Barnett

“As a plastic surgeon, I see a number of patients for body contouring surgeries, after weight loss. The most popularly requested procedures for body contouring are:

  • Firstly, upper arm reduction, arm lift, or Brachioplasty
  • Secondly, tummy tuck or belt lipectomy. Also known as a lower body lift
  • Finally, thigh reduction or an upper-body lift.

These are also often combined or sequenced over a period of 6 to 18 months. However, it’s important for the patient to have a stable weight first. They also need to be willing to undertake preparations and post-op recovery recommendations. This enables good results from body contouring surgery.”

At any rate, the best way to assess your potential for body contouring is to schedule a personal, confidential consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon.

About Dr Geoff Barnett

Dr Geoff Barnett Specialist Plastic Surgeon

Dr Geoff Barnett MBBS (Melb), FRACS (Plast) is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon. Therefore he not only has extensive experience but also knowledge in plastic surgery procedures.

So, if you are wanting smaller arms and/ or less flabby upper arm skin through an arm reduction procedure or, if you have lost a lot of weight and have redundant skin folds, Dr Barnett can help you with your body contouring requirements.

Phone a caring Patient Care Coordinator during clinic hours on (03) 8849 1444 or send an enquiry form today.  You are also welcome to attend one of our Free patient events.


What to do next?

Our Patient coordinators can assist with any questions you may have when considering a procedure. Furthermore, you can send in an enquiry form below or call our Melbourne Clinic between 8am-6pm, Monday – Friday.

So, please phone (03) 8849 1444Email us or Book a FREE 15-minute Phone Chat with our Patient Liaison Coordinator.