News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


Medical Procedures an Option for Severe Obesity

Medical Procedures an Option for Treating Severe Obesity

WELLINGTON, May 11 /MediaNet International-AsiaNet/ --

Embargoed to 12am Wednesday 11 May 2005

People who are severely obese rarely find diet, exercise and medication
alone are effective in the long term and may need to look to medical procedures
as an effective treatment, according to Dr Richard Stubbs from the Wakefield
Gastroenterology Centre in Wellington. Dr Stubbs is speaking at the RACP Annual
Scientific Meeting today in Wellington.

“Severe obesity (body mass index of over 35) drastically impacts on an
individual’s quality of life and length of life. Severe obesity is becoming a
huge burden for society and the health system in both direct and indirect
economic terms,” Dr Stubbs said.

“Dieting and exercise rarely work alone for severely obese individuals and
if they do work the results may not endure. While medication is moderately
successful and improving it is not capable of achieving the degree of weight
loss required in these severely obese individuals (the sentence grammar is
odd). Therefore, we need to look to medical procedures as one of the best
method of long term weight loss for the severely obese.”

“Medical Procedures for obesity have dramatically improved in terms of
safety and results since its beginnings in the 1950s. New Zealand doctors use a
mix of gastric bypass procedures and gastric banding procedures. In Australia,
the simpler gastric banding procedure has been preferred and is more commonly
used,” Dr Stubbs said.

“With the Fobi pouch gastric bypass the operation provides substantial and
enduring weight loss together with a cure for some 85% of patients with type 2
diabetes and around 60% of patients with hypertension. Like all surgery, there
are risks involved but the operation can now be achieved with high levels of
safety and success.”

“As the safety of these procedures and its effectiveness has improved, more
people should look to it as a viable treatment for severe obesity. Evidence
shows that after a procedure a patient’s life is extended by as much as 10 to
15 years. Furthermore, considerable medium and long term savings can be made by
the Government and health sector as a result of patients' decreased reliance on
health services.”

The RACP is responsible for training, educating and representing over 9,000
physicians in Australia and New Zealand. The RACP represents 23 medical
sub-specialities including paediatrics, public health and occupational
medicine. Physicians are often called specialists and are doctors who have
completed an extra six years or more of training after their initial medical
training and choose to specialise in a particular area of medicine.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Nō Tāu Manawa

Vaughan Rapatahana responds to Fale Aitu | Spirit House by Tusiata Avi: "fa’afetai Tusiata, fa’afetai, / you’ve swerved & served us a masterclass corpus / through graft / of tears & fears..." More>>

9 Golds - 21 Medals: NZ Team Celebrates As Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Close

The entire New Zealand Paralympic Team, led by kiwi sprinter and double gold medallist Liam Malone as flag bearer, are on the bus to the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro for the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. There, they will celebrate the fantastic successes of the past 10 days. More>>


New Zealand Improv Festival: The Festival Of Moments To Return To The Capital

The eighth incarnation of the New Zealand Improv Festival comes to BATS Theatre this 4-8 October , with a stellar line-up of spontaneous theatre and instant comedy performed and directed by top improvisors from around New Zealand and the world. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news