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Bariatric Surgery- Does It Work?

I have had 5 years experience working in the area of obesity surgery (called Bariatric Surgery) in a private hospital in Auckland and have dealt with many patients during that time.
Barbara Rigg
I have had 5 years experience working in the area of obesity surgery (called Bariatric Surgery) in a private hospital in Auckland and have dealt with many patients during that time.

The long term results for the different surgical operations vary but we do know that a considerably percentage of the patients regain weight after 2 to 3 years. This is understandably very disheartening and frustrating, especially after having spent a lot of money for the surgery and also because people have high expectations of success.

The important thing to remember if you have had bariatric surgery, or are contemplating it, is that it is just a tool not the silver bullet that will guarantee the results you want. The surgery will help you get started with feeling less hungry and initially enable you to manage on small volumes for food and fluid. However, lifelong bad eating habits and lack of nutritional informational can hinder progress and even negate the benefits of the surgery.

I encourage my clients to eat well, enjoying interesting and appealing healthy food and give positive messages around good eating practices. Eating smaller quantities can take some getting used to and trying to follow dietary guidelines to prevent unpleasant reactions and complications can take some effort to put into practice.

Too often I see patients who under-eat and/or make poor nutritional foods and have a poor outcome. This can so easily be prevented with appropriate support from an experienced bariatric dietitian.

I hear from my clients that it can be a lonely journey and how much they value the support I have offered outside the private clinic after surgery.
I have no bias for or against obesity surgery and do accept that it is appropriate for some morbidly obese people. I offer support with my clients with sound nutritional advice in any event, but having had so many clients who have undergone surgery for weight loss, I have learnt much about the issues that they face and together we work through and find the best solutions. Every person has a different eating style and lifestyle so it is important for me to give individualised information. That way it is specific and practical.

I have a private practice based in Albany, Lifestyle Nutrition and Health, and am happy to assist anyone who has had any type of obesity surgery whether performed in New Zealand or overseas in private or public hospitals. Whether the surgery was performed recently or some time ago is not important, making a start on a good eating plan is.

Please call me if you read this and are struggling or in need of assistance with your diet. I am here to help and ensure that you have good long-term results.
For a chat and for booking your appointment you can call me now on 09 415 6657 or 0274 777 115.

I look forward to hear from you.