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Auckland Weight Loss Surgery

Private Service, General Surgery, Bariatric (Weight Loss) Surgery

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8:00 AM to 5:30 PM.

Description

At Auckland Weight Loss Surgery we specialise in the surgical management of obesity. We offer laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy and laparoscopic gastric bypass, but also manage patients that have had adjustable gastric bands, or need revision of previous bariatric surgery. 

Mr Grant Beban, Mr Richard Babor, Mr Nick Evennett and Ms Angela Bayly are Upper Gastointestinal Surgeons specifically trained in weight loss surgery.  They work together, and as part of a multidisciplinary team to optimise patient care.

Included in the team are:

  • Craig Birch, Ivan Bergman and Tim Hall - Anaesthetists
  • Katie Lambert, Olivia Edwards, Danika Pillay and Caryne McKeand - Bariatric Dietitians
  • Cindy Sharon and Mel Stephenson - Health Psychologists
  • Yvonne Morgan - Bariatric Nurse

Mr Beban and Mr Babor both also consult at MacMurray Gastroenterology in Remuera.

Weight Loss (Bariatric) Surgery
Weight loss or bariatric surgery is a term that covers all the different surgical procedures used to help extremely overweight or morbidly obese patients lose weight.
Morbidly obese patients are usually identified by their Body Mass Index (BMI) measurement, although other factors may also be taken into account. Morbid obesity is associated with an increased risk of developing illnesses such as: heart attack, hypertension, stroke, diabetes, sleep disorders and joint pain. Bariatric surgery can cure or greatly improve these illnesses as well as give the patient an improved quality of life. 

Weight loss surgery refers to a number of different procedures that can be performed to treat obesity. Procedures fall into three main types: 

  • Sleeve gastrectomy. This surgery removes the outer three-quarters of your stomach so it’s much smaller than it was before. The rest of the stomach is shaped into a long gastric tube or ‘sleeve’. This means you cannot eat as much as you could before surgery and you'll feel full sooner.
  • Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. A gastric bypass is where a small pouch is made at the top of your stomach. The pouch is then connected to your small intestine, missing out (bypassing) the rest of the stomach. This means it takes less food to make you feel full and you'll absorb fewer calories from the food you eat.
  • One anastomosis gastric bypass. This is similar to the Roux-en-Y bypass but requires only 1 not 2 joins of the bowel. This means you eat less and absorb fewer calories.

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Referral Expectations

You can self refer or be referred from your GP who could include your medical history.

Charges

Estimated costs for our procedures can be found here.

Hours

8:00 AM to 5:30 PM.

Mon – Fri 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Procedures / Treatments

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

In this procedure 80% of the stomach is removed, limiting the amount of food that can be taken and powerfully suppressing hunger. Pros of gastric sleeve surgery Removes the part of the stomach that produces the hunger hormone (ghrelin) By avoiding intestinal bypass, there is less chance of intestinal blockage or vitamin deficiency Good “first stage” procedure for very big patients (>160kg or MBI >55kg/m2) Cons of gastric sleeve surgery Potential for inadequate weight loss because no intestinal bypass is done Bigger patients may need to have a second stage procedure later Soft calories from food like ice cream can be absorbed and may slow weight loss Staple line leaks can occur Not reversible, but can be converted to a gastric bypass if necessary Click here for a patient information booklet about the laparoscopic gastric sleeve procedure. Laparoscopic Gastric Sleeve Procedure (PDF, 182.8 KB) Patient information

In this procedure 80% of the stomach is removed, limiting the amount of food that can be taken and powerfully suppressing hunger.

Pros of gastric sleeve surgery

  • Removes the part of the stomach that produces the hunger hormone (ghrelin)
  • By avoiding intestinal bypass, there is less chance of intestinal blockage or vitamin deficiency
  • Good “first stage” procedure for very big patients (>160kg or MBI >55kg/m2)

Cons of gastric sleeve surgery

  • Potential for inadequate weight loss because no intestinal bypass is done
  • Bigger patients may need to have a second stage procedure later
  • Soft calories from food like ice cream can be absorbed and may slow weight loss
  • Staple line leaks can occur
  • Not reversible, but can be converted to a gastric bypass if necessary

Click here for a patient information booklet about the laparoscopic gastric sleeve procedure.

Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass

In this procedure the stomach and first part of the small intestine are bypassed — this restricts food intake and stimulates hormones that suppress hunger and improve Type II diabetes. Pros of gastric bypass surgery Small stomach pouch and hormonal effect produce strong sensation of fullness with very small meals Excellent weight loss in most patients, sustained long-term ‘Dumping’ syndrome makes it harder to cheat by eating sweets Cons of gastric bypass surgery Leaks from staple lines and joins Ulcers, particularly in smokers Small risk of intestinal blockage Life-long vitamin supplements required Click here for a patient information booklet about laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery. Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Surgery (PDF, 190.6 KB) Patient information

In this procedure the stomach and first part of the small intestine are bypassed — this restricts food intake and stimulates hormones that suppress hunger and improve Type II diabetes.

Pros of gastric bypass surgery

  • Small stomach pouch and hormonal effect produce strong sensation of fullness with very small meals
  • Excellent weight loss in most patients, sustained long-term
  • ‘Dumping’ syndrome makes it harder to cheat by eating sweets

Cons of gastric bypass surgery

  • Leaks from staple lines and joins
  • Ulcers, particularly in smokers
  • Small risk of intestinal blockage
  • Life-long vitamin supplements required

Click here for a patient information booklet about laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery.

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Travel Directions

Our clinic is on Level 2 of Ascot Hospital on Green Lane East Road

Public Transport

The Auckland Transport Journey Planner will help you to plan your journey.  There is both a bus stop and Remuera train station within comfortable walking distance.

Parking

There is free parking for patients and their visitors.

Contact Details

8:00 AM to 5:30 PM.

Grant Beban
grant@awls.co.nz

Richard Babor
richard@awls.co.nz

Nick Evennett
nicholas.evennett@awls.co.nz

Angela Bayly
Angela.bayly@awls.co.nz

90 Green Lane East
Remuera
Auckland

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90 Green Lane East
Remuera
Auckland

Postal Address

PO Box 9113
Newmarket
Auckland 1149

This page was last updated at 12:30PM on December 11, 2023. This information is reviewed and edited by Auckland Weight Loss Surgery.