At his worst, Jan Annette Shone weighed 150 pounds[150 kg]could not climb stairs, and became ill because there was a “fat bird” in the room.

He tried all kinds of diets, but nothing came of it, he reached the end of the connection. He did not want to get out of bed, he could not look at himself in the mirror.

Ten months ago, Et Anet underwent gastric bypass surgery, has lost 50 kilograms and gained new life.

He is one of the few people growing up with weight loss surgery that saves lives, according to Dr. Dan Tiruchelvam, a bariatric upper gastrointestinal surgeon.

Dr. Dan Tiruchelvam

“I have been a bariatric surgeon for more than 13 years, and then, of course, weight loss surgery has increased by probably about 10 percent,” he said.

“My explanation is that patients, doctors and specialists understand the far-reaching benefits. It has become part of the multidisciplinary approach to obesity management. ”

“Stomach exfoliation was often the most common or preferred procedure in the ’90s և 2000s before gastric lavage. Some people thought it had more of a cosmetic element,” said Dr. Tiruchelvam, who performs Newcastle weight loss surgery.

But there are far more benefits than the aesthetics surrounding weight loss surgery.

Dr. Tiruchelvam said it could lead to diabetes mellitus, improved sleep apnea, high blood pressure, fatty liver disease, polycystic ovary syndrome and mobility. In fact, many of his patients are referred by other specialists, including respiratory, cardiologists, orthopedic surgeons, or kidney doctors.

“This surgery can improve heart function, control blood sugar, and reduce medication requirements,” he said.

And some of those boxes were marked for Janet, seven grandmothers. “I want to stay a little longer for my grandchildren, I knew I had to do something because nothing else works,” he said.

Jan Annette was photographed with friends and family before the operation.

Jan Annette was photographed with friends and family before the operation.

Jan Annett, 58, had no private health insurance and took $ 20,000 from her super fund to fund the best life decision she had ever made.

“My cholesterol and blood sugar levels were high, now they are normal, I can chase my grandchildren, I walk in Maitland Park twice every morning, I feel good, really,” said Jan Annette.

“I went down from a size 24 dress to 16 or 18.”

While her target weight is 80 kg, Jan Annette said that these are not the numbers that bother her.

“It’s about how I feel, physically and mentally. I’m really proud of myself, sometimes I just can’t believe it. I’ve always been big, I’ve never been thin, I get great comments from friends and family. “It’s nice to receive those comments, because I no longer feel like a fat lady,” she said.

“When you enter a room, when you are older, you can always see people looking at you. You know they see you as a fat lady.”

Dr. Tiruchelvam said the procedures are becoming more common, and more people are seeing the results of friends or relatives.

“Saying that there are risks, as with any surgery. We discuss the risks of surgery with our patients, but we need to talk to them about the risks if they do nothing but stay on their toes. There is a cumulative risk of all these problems, all of their metabolic disorders. ”

Stomach upset seems to be the most popular weight loss procedure, as about 70% of patients prefer it to gastric bypass.

Dr. Tiruchelvam said that in simple words, the procedure involves narrowing the stomach, while bypass surgery means that a new, smaller stomach is formed, and the element of the small intestine passes.

When a patient is referred to a bariatric surgeon, they are evaluated, usually twice before the operation by their specialist.

They should also switch to a low-calorie diet 2-4 weeks before their procedure.

The operation takes about an hour and a half to two hours, depending on the patient’s body mass index (BMI); they will usually spend two nights in the hospital. They can return to work two weeks after surgery.

“They are also observed by nutritionists. Awareness and education are everything, ”said Dr. Tiruchelvam.

“This surgery is life-changing. Yes, in some cases it saves lives. Patients will find that they can do much more than they could before,” he said.

But the new look and the new body really come at a price, both the thigh pocket and the patient’s lifestyle.

“If you do not change your eating habits, you will regain your weight. “We run a weight loss program for a year after surgery, ‘long-term follow-up’ of patients to ensure that they have developed proper eating habits, certain exercises.”

Dr. Tiruchelvam said that the most effective way of surgery is health insurance. “Paying as an uninsured patient can be costly,” he said.