Gastric Bypass Surgery in Melbourne for Self-Funding and Insured Patients


Have you tried various diets and exercise routines without success? Are you experiencing health problems because of your weight? If so, you may consider having gastric bypass surgery in Melbourne. Our surgeon and director, Mr Niruben Rajasagaram, can change your digestive system to limit the quantity you eat, lose excess weight, and improve your quality of life. We can start you along the road to long-term success if you are willing to make permanent changes to your diet and incorporate regular physical workouts after bariatric surgery.

Gastric bypass surgery

What Happens During a Gastric Bypass Operation?

A stomach bypass operation involves surgery to reduce the size of your stomach. A smaller stomach means you will eat smaller meals. We also re-route or bypass part of your small intestine to ensure you digest and absorb less food, nutrients, and calories.

Let’s start by describing some of the terms we use. The proximal stomach is the part that contains the fare you ingest. It also controls food transfer to the distal stomach. The distal stomach mixes and grinds the gastric contents and regulates nutrient distribution to the duodenum or first part of the small intestine. The duodenum further digests the food and absorbs the nutrients and water.

You will be under general anaesthesia in a hospital setting. At the same time, we perform the most common procedure, the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, during which we will divide the proximal or top of your stomach from the rest.

Then we cut the proximal or first section of the small intestine or duodenum in two. We connect one part of the divided small intestine to the newly created stomach pouch and attach the other part to the small intestine further down.

When you eat, the food will go into the small stomach pouch we fashioned and directly into the part of the small intestine sewn to it. It will bypass the most substantial part of your stomach plus the first section of your small intestine, entering the middle part of your small bowel directly.

The stomach can usually hold approximately three pints or 1.41953 litres of food. We reduce the pouch to the size of a walnut during the operation, ensuring it can store far less. We lose weight when we digest and absorb smaller amounts of food.

A potentially reversible gastric bypass surgery is more intricate. It has a slightly increased risk of complications compared to a sleeve gastrectomy or the insertion of a laparoscopic adjustable gastric band.

The Difference Between a Gastric and Mini Gastric Bypass in Melbourne

While still creating a reduced pouch, we do a smaller amount of intestinal re-routing during the more commonly reversible mini-gastric bypass. Whereas we complete two new connections in a standard bypass, we make only one in the more recently instituted mini version.

The operation is less complicated and less likely to produce a staple leak as it requires only one surgical join. The mini technique involves bypassing two metres of the small bowel, and research studies show it offers similar or better long-term weight loss results.

We do the surgery with a laparoscope, which is less invasive, requires less time on the operating table, and may result in a shorter recovery period than a traditional bypass procedure. You can expect a two to three-day hospital stay.

A mini-gastric bypass is a good option for patients with severe diabetes or a high obesity level (above 180 kilograms). It may be a suitable alternative for patients with severe reflux.

Discuss the pros and cons with our experienced team. After a thorough consultation and extensive screening process, we will make suggestions and reach a joint decision with you.

We perform surgery at the Knox Private Hospital Wantirna, St John of God Berwick Hospital, and Peninsula Private Hospital.

Why You May Require a VSS Weight Loss Centre Gastric Bypass in Melbourne

Obesity may cause various life-threatening health problems. These include type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, obstructive sleep apnea, osteoarthritis or joint pain, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease or steatohepatitis.

You may need to meet specified medical guidelines to qualify for bariatric surgery as it is not the answer for everyone who is overweight. We offer a wide-ranging screening process to determine whether it is right for you.

The type of surgery that suits you best depends on several factors. These include your distinctive situation, eating habits, body mass index, additional health issues, previous surgeries, and the risks involved in the available procedures.

As is the case with any major surgery, there are risks involved. We will gladly discuss the possible short and long-term effects of stomach bypass surgery, depending on your condition and the type of operation, during your appointment.

You may need to undergo exams and lab tests as part of the preparation process, and we will give you comprehensive instructions on how to prepare for your specific procedure in advance.

The operation may take two to four hours, after which hospital staff will monitor your progress in the recovery room. We may require a hospital stay spanning several days to ensure you are ready to go home.

Patients experience health and well-being benefits, weight loss, and an enhanced sense of confidence after undergoing a gastric bypass. We invite you to contact our friendly, knowledgeable team to make an appointment or obtain more information.