Obesity is a major health care problem and one of the most frequent causes of preventable death in Western countries in the 21st century. Bariatric surgery is the only current treatment that has been shown to achieve major and durable weight loss, which can lead to total or partial control of a wide range of common and serious diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease and hypertension according to a Medical Journal of Australia report.
At Cairns Private Hospital, we are committed to providing high quality, personalised care for patients who undergo bariatric surgery. Our highly experienced surgeons work closely with our team of skilled nurses to deliver high quality care. An individual plan of management is developed for each patient’s hospital stay, including prior to admission, while in hospital and through to discharge.
There are several serious health conditions associated with being morbidly obese, including:
- Musculo-skeletal problems
- Cardiovascular disease and stroke
- Some cancers
- Sleep apnoea
- Type 2 diabetes (one of the six National Health Priority areas)
- Hypertension (High blood pressure)