As well as maintaining certification as a Bariatric Centre of Excellence, a four-year audit of almost 2500 patients was presented at a recent international scientific meeting showing a major complication rate of 0.5%, which makes St George Private Hospital almost unmatched in the world for safety with this type of complex surgery.
Patients undergoing bariatric surgery at St George private Hospital can feel reassured that the low risks they take having surgery are preferable to the significant risks and disability that obesity causes.
Most people are aware for example that many patients with diabetes will within a decade of diagnosis go on to develop kidney failure, eye disease, leg ulcers, heart disease or stroke. However, they do not know that these same patients if offered bariatric surgery can have up to an 80% chance of having their diabetes go into complete remission.
Australia wide, in keeping with the international trend, the increasing recognition that bariatric surgery provides excellent treatment for diabetes, sleep apnoea and the physical problems associated with obesity has led to consistent demand for surgery.
Today about 15000 bariatric operations per year are performed in Australia.
St George Private Hospital remains a strong and internationally recognised leader in this field.