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Sleeve Gastrectomy

Sleeve Gastrectomy

Sleeve gastrectomy is the most common operation currently performed for weight loss in Australia and has very good results. Dr Balalis performs sleeve gastrectomy operations laparoscopically, or keyhole, with 5 small cuts to the abdomen.   The sleeve gastrectomy, or vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG), involves removing around 80% of your

Smoking and Bariatric Surgery – There are a number of complications associated with smoking and weight loss surgery

Smoking and Bariatric Surgery - There are a number of complications associated with smoking and weight loss surgery

  There are a number of complications associated with smoking and weight loss surgery. Dr George Balalis sees a lot of patients for consideration of weight loss surgery, including sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass.  These operations have a low complication rate, and are proven treatments for obesity, however in patients

Dr Balalis went live with Koshie and Natalie from 7NEWS Sunrise to discuss the new Elipse by Allurion weight loss balloon in Australia.

Dr Balalis went live with Koshie and Natalie from 7NEWS Sunrise to discuss the new Elipse by Allurion weight loss balloon in Australia.

Let me be clear, this is a medical procedure, not a ‘miracle’ treatment, and you can listen to the full interview at Seven news below that reiterates those feelings.  Dr George Balalis Elipse by Allurion balloon – Sunrise interview   The Elipse by Allurion Programme does not replace the requirement

Weight Loss Surgery – How Do You Know Which Weight Loss Procedure Is Right For You?

Weight Loss Surgery – How Do You Know Which Weight Loss Procedure Is Right For You?

Sleeve vs one anastomosis (mini) gastric bypass vs Roux-en-Y gastric bypass – Dr Balalis offers all of these weight loss procedures.   Sleeve gastrectomy involves removing around 80% of the stomach, which decreases hunger.  This is the most common weight loss surgery in Australia. It provides good weight loss outcomes,

First in Australia

First in Australia

First Australian Elipse intra-gastric balloon placed by Dr Balalis Today is an exciting day! Dr Balalis has successfully placed the first Australian Elipse intra-gastric balloon by Allurion. Dr Balalis was involved in a demonstration of the Elipse balloon in Madrid in 2019 as part of an education session and was

Why Dr Balalis does not offer Lap bands

Why Dr Balalis does not offer Lap bands

  Lap banding – otherwise known as laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) or gastric banding, was a common form of surgery, but is no longer recommended due to intolerance and high revision rates.   If you currently have a lap band in and are having issues, please come and see

Elipse gastric balloon – Weight loss with no surgery, no endoscopy, no anaesthesia

Elipse gastric balloon - Weight loss with no surgery, no endoscopy, no anaesthesia

The Elipse gastric balloon is an exciting new weight loss tool, that is now offered by Dr Balalis. It is the first swallowable gastric balloon and is placed with no surgery, endoscopy or anaesthesia.   The Elipse provides proven weight loss, for patients from BMI 27-40, and has been used

New Weight Loss Medication

New Weight Loss Medication

  STEP 1 – Is semaglutide (Ozempic) the first step?   There has been a recent trial published of once-weekly injection of semaglutide (Ozempic). Semaglutide is a type of medication approved for the treatment of type 2 diabetes in adults and for reducing the risk of cardiovascular events in persons

Improved Life Expectancy with Bariatric Surgery

Improved Life Expectancy with Bariatric Surgery

  A recent publication in the New England Journal of Medicine, solidified what was already suspected – bariatric surgery is associated with longer life expectancy. The patients in the surgery group lived around 3 years longer life expectancy than those in the control group!   This trial reported results from

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)

  October is National Liver Awareness Month in the U.S, and it is NAFLD that has been gaining attention locally, as it is a growing problem in our community. With the advent of effective therapies for the treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV), fatty liver disease is becoming more of