Obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death in New Zealand and is a major risk factor for diseases’ such as, cardiovascular disease, Type 2 Diabetes, Osteoarthritis and some cancers.
The number of people wanting weight reduction surgery outweighs the ability for public hospitals in New Zealand to supply this surgery. Here at Hauora Tairawhiti we follow specific criteria to determine eligibility.
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Obstructive Sleep Apnoea
- Has previously been successful in losing >5% of baseline weight but unable to sustain this
- Compliance with all medications
- Motivated to make lifestyle changes
- Accepts long term follow up
The weight reduction surgery undertaken at Hauora Tairawhiti is Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy. It entails surgical removal of portion of the stomach to restrict the amount of food able to be eaten. The service utilises a multi-disciplinary team approach to assist patients throughout both the pre and post-operative journey to facilitate long term lifestyle changes and weight reduction.
Surgeon Peter Stiven, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Clinical Dietician, Health Therapist
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If you are interested in possibly having bariatric surgery, please discuss this with your GP.