Mediclinic Durbanville offers a Centre of Excellence for metabolic and bariatric surgery in collaboration with the practice of Dr Etienne Swanepoel, a general surgeon with an interest in metabolic and advanced laparoscopic procedures, which include gastric sleeve procedures and bypasses. The centre is accredited with the South African Society for Surgery, Obesity and metabolism.

Bariatric procedures, also known as weight-loss procedures, refers to any surgical procedure on the stomach or intestines to induce weight loss. These procedures in which the functional anatomy of the gastrointestinal system is changed encompasses a number of procedures including gastric sleeve surgery (sleeve gastrectomy), and gastric bypass lap band surgery. By doing so, significant weight loss is achieved created and serious illnesses associated with morbid obesity resolved. Patients who have severe metabolic diseases such as high blood pressure and arthritis could be good candidates, and these ailmentswhich may improve after weight loss surgery. A metabolic procedure can act as a curative treatment for Type 2 diabetes and helps reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Contact the practice of Dr Etienne Swanepoel to learn more.