I am an Australian Surgeon performing laparoscopic and
robotic procedures in general and bariatric surgery since the early 90’s. In
2002 I became fellow of the Australian College of Surgeons and
subsequently member of the Australian Obesity Surgery Society. My training
however has never stopped and to present I am staying abreast of most modern
surgical techniques. In my career, I participated or performed in excess of
4,000 laparoscopic procedures.
In the last five years, I introduced in my practice a reversible
laparoscopic gastric sleeve by plication technique which I believe complements
the gastric band, simplistically offering the combination of a smaller
stomach to the alimentary flow restriction provided by the
band. My experience with this technique is now very good with almost 1000
procedures and follow up into the seventh year.
the fact that the gastric plication by itself is potentially reversible, there
is no introduction of foreign body, there is no cutting, stapling or re-routing
of bowels I am offering it as a sole operation to patients with lower BMI, who
otherwise would not qualify for weight loss surgery. The early results speak
for themselves - immediate weight loss and immediate resolution of
per-existing heartburn and cessation of anti-acid medication in patients who
suffered from chronic acid reflux. Typically, the patients continue to eat
reasonable size meals and experience earlier and longer lasting satiety.