The five Easy steps to your weight loss Journey
You have tried your best to permanently control your weight with no success and are now considering weight loss surgery also known as bariatric or metabolic surgery.
Step 1: The facts?
- Morbid obesity is a chronic condition with many associated diseases.
- Diets don’t work in the long run, but you probably know this already.
- Medical experts agree that weight loss surgery or bariatric surgery produces long term weight loss.
- Medical experts agree that weight loss surgery or bariatric surgery improves most obesity-associated diseases including: Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, high cholesterol/lipids and stress incontinence.
- Medical experts agree that weight loss surgery or bariatric surgery reduces the risk of premature death.
- Read more….
Step 2: Which weight loss surgery should you have?
- You have a choice between the Gastric Bypass (roux-en-Y gastric bypass) or the Gastric Sleeve ( Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy).
- We recommend the “gold standard” gastric bypass in most cases because of solid results up to 25 years after the surgery.
- We do not recommend adjustable gastric band surgery because of complications 3+ years after the surgery.
- We do not recommend the gastric balloon as it is a temporary procedure, just like the diets you tried and failed.
- The duodenal switch is reserved for special cases e.g. over 450 lbs or 220 kg weights.
- There are many experimental procedures that we do not yet recommend because the long term results are not known (eg. single anastomosis bypass, ilea interposition etc.).
- Click here for a one page comparative summary of the different procedures.
Step 3: When can you get the surgery?
- We can complete your surgery in 4-6 weeks from the time we receive your completed patient questionnaire.
- If you suffer from certain obesity associated diseases such as heart disease, or lung disease, it may take 4-6 weeks longer – for your own safety. We need to ‘optimize’ your health and minimize the risks.
- You also get to chose the time that suits you and you will not be cancelled due to emergencies.
Step 4: What does the surgery cost?
- We are a private facility and our surgeons work outside of Medicare (non participating physicians within the meaning of the health act).
- This means that you (or your insurance) must pay for all the costs.
- You pay one fee and we provide turn-key service for you.
- Click here to get more details on costs.
Step 5: How to book your surgery?
- Click this link to complete the Patient Questionnaire.
- We will call you for an appointment at your earliest convenience.
Remote patient Monitoring.
WLS introduces a unique program in Canada, Remote patient monitoring (RPM). RPM uses state-of-the-art digital technology plus high definition, secure, teleconferencing to monitor patients remotely and ensure the life style and diet changes required after bariatric/surgery are ingrained and followed for life. Read more…
What is Morbid obesity?
Learn about the chronic disease morbid obesity and the risks to your health.
Why should you have bariatric surgery.
More detailed information on the risks and benefits of bariatric surgery to help you with your research.
Which Bariatric Surgery is Right for you.
Some guidelines to help you choose.
New Guidelines Call for Metabolic Surgery as Treatment for Diabetes
If you suffer from Type 2 Diabetes please read this.
How safe is this surgery?
We present our published experience including the data from our private hospital.
We are fortunate to have access to a licensed, fully accredited hospital facility in Montreal, Canada with highly trained staff and the latest laparoscopic equipment for bariatric surgery .
This allows us to admit and care for our patients for 1-2 days after surgery (depending on the procedure) to ensure their safety.
As an added precaution, we have a direct “service corridor” with the McGill University Health Center (MGH Pavillion), a tertiary care bariatric surgery center,where patients can be transferred if the need for intensive care arises due to rare complications of leak, pulmonary embolus or myocardial infaction (< 2% chance).
Morbidly Obese – The journey of three of our patients (please view and give us your thoughts)
Editorial comment by Dr. Christou in Bariatric News.
Please read this interesting post by Canada’s leading obesity expert.