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  • 18 Jun 2018
    When it comes to weight management, there’s power in numbers.  Psychological research tells us that support groups are proven to help people achieve and maintain weight loss, by reducing depression, building self-esteem and improving physical and mental health. Support groups help patients to make lasting lifestyle changes, whether it be through altering eating habits, learning more about diet and exercise, following a nutrition regimen or all of the above. Participating in a support group has the potential to improve and speed up adjustment to Bariatric surgery.  Research has indicated that patients who participated in a support group as adjunct to their Bariatric surgical regimen, lost greater amounts of weight than their counterparts who did not regularly participate in support groups. Why is a support group so valuable? FIRST AND FOREMOST, YOU ARE NOT ALONE Many of us feel alone and isolated when living the day-to-day challenges that come with having a complex, long-term condition.  We experience fatigue, stress and other people’s judgements and this can leave us feeling anxious and strung out, or low.  Giving up can be a temptation.  Knowing that you are not the only one struggling with common side effects of having a chronic condition is empowering. INFOSHARING Often a fellow support group member will have already been through what you’re experiencing and will be able to shed some light on your situation.  Or, sometimes you just need to hear a fresh perspective and an enormous weight is lifted off.  Support groups also give you the opportunity to be there for somebody else, which can be very motivating.  The more you know and do, the more you can help others along the way. ACCOUNTABILITY You can and will come up with one million reasons for not exercising or eating well.  It’s difficult to use these excuses on people who are invested in your weight loss journey, and who are facing similar challenges to you.  You don’t want to let your fellow support group members down.  As you continue to engage in the support group, it provides you with the motivation you need to stay on track. A PROBLEM SHARED IS A PROBLEM HALVED If you have ever seen a good psychologist or a counsellor, or if you have a friend, partner or family member who is a really good listener, you will know this to be true.  Sharing your problems with others is one of the most powerful ways of reducing their size in your mind.  This might be more of a challenge for some people who are more private, but if you can find a way to share some of your struggles, it can go a long way towards improving your emotional, mental and physical health. GOING IT ALONE USUALLY DOESN’T WORK Rarely do people find long lasting weight loss success by ‘going it alone’.  They will either have the support of their family, friends or colleagues, health care team or support group.  If you can have all of the above in your cheer squad, why wouldn’t you?  Invest a little bit of time in a support group, and we firmly believe your time will be paid back with interest.
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  • When it comes to weight management, there’s power in numbers.  Psychological research tells us that support groups are proven to help people achieve and maintain weight loss, by reducing depression, building self-esteem and improving physical and mental health. Support groups help patients to make lasting lifestyle changes, whether it be through altering eating habits, learning more about diet and exercise, following a nutrition regimen or all of the above. Participating in a support group has the potential to improve and speed up adjustment to Bariatric surgery.  Research has indicated that patients who participated in a support group as adjunct to their Bariatric surgical regimen, lost greater amounts of weight than their counterparts who did not regularly participate in support groups. Why is a support group so valuable? FIRST AND FOREMOST, YOU ARE NOT ALONE Many of us feel alone and isolated when living the day-to-day challenges that come with having a complex, long-term condition.  We experience fatigue, stress and other people’s judgements and this can leave us feeling anxious and strung out, or low.  Giving up can be a temptation.  Knowing that you are not the only one struggling with common side effects of having a chronic condition is empowering. INFOSHARING Often a fellow support group member will have already been through what you’re experiencing and will be able to shed some light on your situation.  Or, sometimes you just need to hear a fresh perspective and an enormous weight is lifted off.  Support groups also give you the opportunity to be there for somebody else, which can be very motivating.  The more you know and do, the more you can help others along the way. ACCOUNTABILITY You can and will come up with one million reasons for not exercising or eating well.  It’s difficult to use these excuses on people who are invested in your weight loss journey, and who are facing similar challenges to you.  You don’t want to let your fellow support group members down.  As you continue to engage in the support group, it provides you with the motivation you need to stay on track. A PROBLEM SHARED IS A PROBLEM HALVED If you have ever seen a good psychologist or a counsellor, or if you have a friend, partner or family member who is a really good listener, you will know this to be true.  Sharing your problems with others is one of the most powerful ways of reducing their size in your mind.  This might be more of a challenge for some people who are more private, but if you can find a way to share some of your struggles, it can go a long way towards improving your emotional, mental and physical health. GOING IT ALONE USUALLY DOESN’T WORK Rarely do people find long lasting weight loss success by ‘going it alone’.  They will either have the support of their family, friends or colleagues, health care team or support group.  If you can have all of the above in your cheer squad, why wouldn’t you?  Invest a little bit of time in a support group, and we firmly believe your time will be paid back with interest.
    Jun 18, 2018 115
  • 25 Dec 2017
    Your Complete Guide To The Gastric Band, ESG and Orbera Balloon Have you tried diet after diet with no sustainable success? Are you about ready to give up on ever achieving the body and level of health you desire?  Don’t give up just yet! Weight loss surgery could be the solution you have been searching for. I know for many the word ‘surgery’ for weight loss sounds extreme but it really is just another tool like any diet or fitness program you’ve tried before. The only difference being that the results you can achieve from weight loss surgery easily surpass any traditional weight loss intervention, especially when it comes to maintaining results.  If sustainable health and weight loss is what you’re after then a weight loss surgery or procedure could be the solution you’ve been searching for.  Once you have made the decision that surgery is for you, the next big decision is what type of surgery or procedure to have. Let’s take a closer look at some of the options available to you, their pro’s & con’s and help you to make an informed choice. Gastric Band This type of weight loss surgery carries among the lowest surgical risk and it is also completely reversible. During the 60-minute surgery, a silicon band is placed around the top part of the stomach. The careful placement and pressure of the band stimulates appetite suppression, allowing you to feel full on a very small portion of food (a typical meal size is ½ – 1 cup).  Eligibility Criteria:To be eligible for this type of surgery you need to have a BMI of 35kg/m2 or higher or a BMI of 30kg/m2 or higher with co-morbidities (such as diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol).  Expected Weight Loss:The expected weight loss after a gastric band procedure is 50% of excess body weight. Weight loss is usually fast in the first 4-6 weeks (due to the restrictions of the post operative dietary phases). Weight loss then slows to around 2kg per month. It takes, on average, 18 months to reach goal weight.  The Benefits:Appetite suppression and portion control are the main benefits of a gastric band.  Things To Consider:Inability to eat certain foods can be a problem for many people with a gastric band. The common problem foods include fresh bread, dry meats, fruit and vegetable skins and rice.  If your large portions are because of habit or non-hungry eating/emotional eating then the gastric band will not directly supress this type of hunger. It works to directly target physical hunger however many people still notice an improvement due to the reduced interest they have in food (resulting from physical appetite suppression).  Lifelong vitamin and mineral supplementation is required after gastric band surgery.  Endoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy  This is a non-surgical procedure that offers the benefits of a traditional gastric sleeve without the surgical risk and without removing any of the stomach. This procedure takes around 90 minutes and essentially folds part of the stomach in on itself to reduce capacity by 70% and create a sleeve. This procedure is reversible and has a very quick recovery time. Most patients will return to work in 2-3 days.  Eligibility Criteria: The ESG procedure is well suited to individuals with a BMI between 30-40kg/m2 and who are not eligible for weight loss surgery.  Expected Weight Loss: The expected weight loss from this procedure is up 25% of total body weight.  The Benefits: The ESG procedure can help to reduce the risk of weight related conditions such as reflux (GORD), heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and sleep       apnoea.  There are no problems with food tolerance associated with this procedure  Things To Consider: There are some possible side effects to be aware of in the first couple of days following the procedure. These include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and     abdominal cramping. A strict adherence to dietary guidelines will help to minimise side effects.  The weight loss results in the first 6 months following the procedure are crucial to long-term success. All patients must be committed to a healthy lifestyle and regular review consultations with our multidisciplinary team (that includes doctor, dietitian, psychologist and personal trainer) for at least 12 months.  Lifelong vitamin and mineral supplementation is required after the ESG procedure. A bariatric multivitamin and daily fibre supplement are recommended.  Orbera Balloon  The Orbera Balloon is a non-surgical procedure. It’s temporary, low risk and quick to insert while the patient is under anaesthetic. An empty balloon is inserted into the stomach via gastroscope then filled with saline solution up to between 500-700ml. The balloon sits in the stomach creating a constant feeling of fullness and significantly restricting meal portions. Each meal is about ½ – ¾ cup in size. There are post procedure dietary phases to adhere to however the transition is fast. Most patients are eating solid foods again within 3 weeks.  Eligibility Criteria: The balloon is perfect for those who have a BMI of 25kg/m2-30kg/m2  Expected Weight Loss: Expected weight loss from a balloon is 10-15kg in 6 months. There is the possibility for a second balloon if greater weight loss is desired. Each balloon must come out after 6 months due to risk of it bursting.  The Benefits: Appetite suppression and portion control are the main benefits of a balloon.  Things To Consider: It’s temporary for 6 months and weight regain is possible after removal so it’s important to work closely with a support team to establish healthy habits that will assist with maintaining weight loss long term.  The recovery after a balloon can take up to 1 month but could also be as fast as a few days. Post procedure symptoms such as nausea and vomiting affect patients to varying degrees. It’s a good idea to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Once the initial symptoms subside, patients feel back to normal and most people don’t notice the balloon other than feeling full.  The next step from here is to schedule an obligation free appointment with Mr Jason Winnett to discuss your weight loss and health goals.  Mr Winnett will work with you to decide the best procedure or surgery to get you where you want to be. Call 03 9417 1555 to book now.  http://winnettspecialistgroup.com.au/
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  • Your Complete Guide To The Gastric Band, ESG and Orbera Balloon Have you tried diet after diet with no sustainable success? Are you about ready to give up on ever achieving the body and level of health you desire?  Don’t give up just yet! Weight loss surgery could be the solution you have been searching for. I know for many the word ‘surgery’ for weight loss sounds extreme but it really is just another tool like any diet or fitness program you’ve tried before. The only difference being that the results you can achieve from weight loss surgery easily surpass any traditional weight loss intervention, especially when it comes to maintaining results.  If sustainable health and weight loss is what you’re after then a weight loss surgery or procedure could be the solution you’ve been searching for.  Once you have made the decision that surgery is for you, the next big decision is what type of surgery or procedure to have. Let’s take a closer look at some of the options available to you, their pro’s & con’s and help you to make an informed choice. Gastric Band This type of weight loss surgery carries among the lowest surgical risk and it is also completely reversible. During the 60-minute surgery, a silicon band is placed around the top part of the stomach. The careful placement and pressure of the band stimulates appetite suppression, allowing you to feel full on a very small portion of food (a typical meal size is ½ – 1 cup).  Eligibility Criteria:To be eligible for this type of surgery you need to have a BMI of 35kg/m2 or higher or a BMI of 30kg/m2 or higher with co-morbidities (such as diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol).  Expected Weight Loss:The expected weight loss after a gastric band procedure is 50% of excess body weight. Weight loss is usually fast in the first 4-6 weeks (due to the restrictions of the post operative dietary phases). Weight loss then slows to around 2kg per month. It takes, on average, 18 months to reach goal weight.  The Benefits:Appetite suppression and portion control are the main benefits of a gastric band.  Things To Consider:Inability to eat certain foods can be a problem for many people with a gastric band. The common problem foods include fresh bread, dry meats, fruit and vegetable skins and rice.  If your large portions are because of habit or non-hungry eating/emotional eating then the gastric band will not directly supress this type of hunger. It works to directly target physical hunger however many people still notice an improvement due to the reduced interest they have in food (resulting from physical appetite suppression).  Lifelong vitamin and mineral supplementation is required after gastric band surgery.  Endoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy  This is a non-surgical procedure that offers the benefits of a traditional gastric sleeve without the surgical risk and without removing any of the stomach. This procedure takes around 90 minutes and essentially folds part of the stomach in on itself to reduce capacity by 70% and create a sleeve. This procedure is reversible and has a very quick recovery time. Most patients will return to work in 2-3 days.  Eligibility Criteria: The ESG procedure is well suited to individuals with a BMI between 30-40kg/m2 and who are not eligible for weight loss surgery.  Expected Weight Loss: The expected weight loss from this procedure is up 25% of total body weight.  The Benefits: The ESG procedure can help to reduce the risk of weight related conditions such as reflux (GORD), heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and sleep       apnoea.  There are no problems with food tolerance associated with this procedure  Things To Consider: There are some possible side effects to be aware of in the first couple of days following the procedure. These include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and     abdominal cramping. A strict adherence to dietary guidelines will help to minimise side effects.  The weight loss results in the first 6 months following the procedure are crucial to long-term success. All patients must be committed to a healthy lifestyle and regular review consultations with our multidisciplinary team (that includes doctor, dietitian, psychologist and personal trainer) for at least 12 months.  Lifelong vitamin and mineral supplementation is required after the ESG procedure. A bariatric multivitamin and daily fibre supplement are recommended.  Orbera Balloon  The Orbera Balloon is a non-surgical procedure. It’s temporary, low risk and quick to insert while the patient is under anaesthetic. An empty balloon is inserted into the stomach via gastroscope then filled with saline solution up to between 500-700ml. The balloon sits in the stomach creating a constant feeling of fullness and significantly restricting meal portions. Each meal is about ½ – ¾ cup in size. There are post procedure dietary phases to adhere to however the transition is fast. Most patients are eating solid foods again within 3 weeks.  Eligibility Criteria: The balloon is perfect for those who have a BMI of 25kg/m2-30kg/m2  Expected Weight Loss: Expected weight loss from a balloon is 10-15kg in 6 months. There is the possibility for a second balloon if greater weight loss is desired. Each balloon must come out after 6 months due to risk of it bursting.  The Benefits: Appetite suppression and portion control are the main benefits of a balloon.  Things To Consider: It’s temporary for 6 months and weight regain is possible after removal so it’s important to work closely with a support team to establish healthy habits that will assist with maintaining weight loss long term.  The recovery after a balloon can take up to 1 month but could also be as fast as a few days. Post procedure symptoms such as nausea and vomiting affect patients to varying degrees. It’s a good idea to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Once the initial symptoms subside, patients feel back to normal and most people don’t notice the balloon other than feeling full.  The next step from here is to schedule an obligation free appointment with Mr Jason Winnett to discuss your weight loss and health goals.  Mr Winnett will work with you to decide the best procedure or surgery to get you where you want to be. Call 03 9417 1555 to book now.  http://winnettspecialistgroup.com.au/
    Dec 25, 2017 145
  • 11 Aug 2017
    It’s the easy way out Losing weight and keeping it off is probably one of the hardest things you will do in your life. Unlike other vices such as cigarettes and alcohol, you cannot just quit eating food. You must learn how to eat food without giving in to temptation, to have that little bit extra or indulge in too many sweets. To consider losing weight alone is crazy and the literature proves it! Long-term failure is the rule with more than 95% of people regaining lost weight by 2-5 years after a diet and exercise intervention. Weight loss surgery is the only proven way to achieve long-term results. It’s definitely not the easy way out it’s the only way out for many people in search of a sustainable weight loss solution. Weight loss surgery is not a magic wand. It’s a tool that, to be successful, requires you to make lifelong changes to poor dietary and exercise habits.  The surgery itself is just the beginning. There is still a lot of work to be done with physicians, dietitians, exercise physiologists and other health professionals to achieve lasting weight loss. 2. The risks of surgery outweigh the risks of obesity All surgeries have risks and weight loss surgery is no different. There are some complications to be aware of including leakage, infection of port site, slippage of the gastric band, pouch dilatation and port dislocation. The re-operation rate however is low at 5-10% of cases. On the other hand, the risks associated with obesity, if left untreated, can be life threatening. Obesity leads to conditions such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and sleep apnoea. 3. Surgery is only for really obese people Weight loss surgery is recommended for people with a BMI >35kg/m2 or BMI >30kg/m2 with co-morbidities such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. There are different types of weight loss surgeries and your BMI may not be a limiting factor to your eligibility, depending on your overall health status. It’s best to talk with Winnett Specialist Group about whether or not weight loss surgery is right for you. 4. I’ll vomit all the time While it is true that food tolerance can be a challenge after gastric band surgery, you will never vomit because of the band. There are a small number of common problem foods that, because of their texture, may become stuck in the band. The piece of stuck food will either move down into your stomach or come back up with regurgitation but not with vomiting. 5. I will have to eat soup and mushy food for the rest of my life This is probably one of the biggest myths of weight loss surgery. While many people, especially with a gastric band, do eat this way it’s not how it should be. With the right education and support you can still enjoy your favourite foods but perhaps prepared in a slightly different way. Post surgery food tolerance also relies heavily on your dedication to taking small bites, chewing well and eating slowly at every meal. 6. I will be left with a really big scar from the surgery At Winnett Specialist Group, all weight loss surgeries are done laparoscopically, where small incisions are made into the abdomen. This technique results in faster healing, reduced pain and reduced scaring after surgery. 7. It will do all of the work for me You definitely cannot set and forget when it comes to weight loss surgery. It is a tool to help make the lifestyle changes necessary for weight loss easier to achieve. It does not make the changes for you therefore ongoing support is crucial to your long-term success. For best results, it is recommended to engage in regular support for at least 2 years post operatively. 8. It’s impossible to gain weight after surgery If you go into surgery with the wrong mindset then there is a chance that you won’t do well long-term.  The bad habits that lead to weight gain in the first place will still be there after surgery. As mentioned earlier, surgery is a tool not a magic wand. It doesn’t directly help with non-hungry eating and you can still have a high calorie diet from small portions of unhealthy foods and liquids.  To be successful with weight loss surgery you must go into it knowing that there are ways to cheat it and gain weight as a result. You must learn to work with your new stomach to avoid weight gain and get the best results. http://winnettspecialistgroup.com.au
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  • It’s the easy way out Losing weight and keeping it off is probably one of the hardest things you will do in your life. Unlike other vices such as cigarettes and alcohol, you cannot just quit eating food. You must learn how to eat food without giving in to temptation, to have that little bit extra or indulge in too many sweets. To consider losing weight alone is crazy and the literature proves it! Long-term failure is the rule with more than 95% of people regaining lost weight by 2-5 years after a diet and exercise intervention. Weight loss surgery is the only proven way to achieve long-term results. It’s definitely not the easy way out it’s the only way out for many people in search of a sustainable weight loss solution. Weight loss surgery is not a magic wand. It’s a tool that, to be successful, requires you to make lifelong changes to poor dietary and exercise habits.  The surgery itself is just the beginning. There is still a lot of work to be done with physicians, dietitians, exercise physiologists and other health professionals to achieve lasting weight loss. 2. The risks of surgery outweigh the risks of obesity All surgeries have risks and weight loss surgery is no different. There are some complications to be aware of including leakage, infection of port site, slippage of the gastric band, pouch dilatation and port dislocation. The re-operation rate however is low at 5-10% of cases. On the other hand, the risks associated with obesity, if left untreated, can be life threatening. Obesity leads to conditions such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and sleep apnoea. 3. Surgery is only for really obese people Weight loss surgery is recommended for people with a BMI >35kg/m2 or BMI >30kg/m2 with co-morbidities such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. There are different types of weight loss surgeries and your BMI may not be a limiting factor to your eligibility, depending on your overall health status. It’s best to talk with Winnett Specialist Group about whether or not weight loss surgery is right for you. 4. I’ll vomit all the time While it is true that food tolerance can be a challenge after gastric band surgery, you will never vomit because of the band. There are a small number of common problem foods that, because of their texture, may become stuck in the band. The piece of stuck food will either move down into your stomach or come back up with regurgitation but not with vomiting. 5. I will have to eat soup and mushy food for the rest of my life This is probably one of the biggest myths of weight loss surgery. While many people, especially with a gastric band, do eat this way it’s not how it should be. With the right education and support you can still enjoy your favourite foods but perhaps prepared in a slightly different way. Post surgery food tolerance also relies heavily on your dedication to taking small bites, chewing well and eating slowly at every meal. 6. I will be left with a really big scar from the surgery At Winnett Specialist Group, all weight loss surgeries are done laparoscopically, where small incisions are made into the abdomen. This technique results in faster healing, reduced pain and reduced scaring after surgery. 7. It will do all of the work for me You definitely cannot set and forget when it comes to weight loss surgery. It is a tool to help make the lifestyle changes necessary for weight loss easier to achieve. It does not make the changes for you therefore ongoing support is crucial to your long-term success. For best results, it is recommended to engage in regular support for at least 2 years post operatively. 8. It’s impossible to gain weight after surgery If you go into surgery with the wrong mindset then there is a chance that you won’t do well long-term.  The bad habits that lead to weight gain in the first place will still be there after surgery. As mentioned earlier, surgery is a tool not a magic wand. It doesn’t directly help with non-hungry eating and you can still have a high calorie diet from small portions of unhealthy foods and liquids.  To be successful with weight loss surgery you must go into it knowing that there are ways to cheat it and gain weight as a result. You must learn to work with your new stomach to avoid weight gain and get the best results. http://winnettspecialistgroup.com.au
    Aug 11, 2017 189