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Importance of Our Two-year Multi-Disciplinary Program

19th March 2019

Two-year Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Permanent Weight Loss

At Phil Lockie Surgery your support doesn’t stop once surgery is complete, we follow a two-year, multi-disciplinary approach to ensure you get the most out of your procedure. It is important to remember that surgery isn’t a quick fix, there are significant dietary, psychological and lifestyle changes required post-surgery. During our two-year program we aim to address any weight gain at an early stage, improve long term weight and psychosocial outcomes, and assist patients to achieve and maintain optimal weight loss.

Our multi-disciplinary approach involves the surgeon, dietitian and psychologist. We ensure that all follow-up appointments coincide with your routine pathology so that we can review the results and address any concerns in a prompt matter. At each check-up relevant information to your recovery will be discussed, at 3 months we discuss managing hair loss and at 6 months coping with the return of hunger. All of our patients also have access to a monthly, complimentary weight loss support group.

Follow Up Is Vital

Your progress is important to us, we supply a range of services to ensure you succeed in your weight loss journey. Sticking to your scheduled follow-ups is essential to your health and maintaining your weight. Along with numerous studies and first-hand experience those who don’t attend their appointments are more likely to gain weight post-op.

A recent study indicates that as many as 50% of patients don’t attend their follow-up appointments and therefor no matter how good their surgery was, they didn’t benefit as well. Studies showed that after one-year type 2 diabetes remission rates were 62% in the group who completed follow-up and 57.5% in the group with incomplete follow-up. The completed follow-up group also had greater improvements in blood pressure and cholesterol.

The importance of follow-up appointments and post-operative care is immense, it’s the difference between an average result and a great result. Our clinic doesn’t just look at your weight loss, we also ensure you are progressing mentally, emotionally and physically. It allows us to possibly spot potential barriers before you see them coming. We review your latest lab work and provide a supportive environment where you can talk about your journey and ask questions.

Get Started Here

We want to see you succeed in your weight loss journey. Contact us today for a free, no obligation appointment with our Perioperative Nurse, Shirley Lockie, and see how we may be able to help you.

Dr Lockie Takes a Team Oriented Approach

8th November 2014

Dr Phil Lockie's surgery takes a team approach to patients to help improve patient outcomes.

This multi-disiplinary approach includes a pre-operative specialist, dietitian and pyschologist in addition to our surgeon Dr Lockie.

Additionally, our support group meetings are managed by our psychologist and have proven to be an invaluable asset once the initial postoperative recovery is over. Monthly guest speakers help provide more detailed information and resources to attendees.

If you are considering taking action on your medical condition, please call us on 07 3353 2011 or click here to send an online enquiry.

Dietary Advancement Post Sleeve Gastrectomy

2nd May 2013

It has come to my attention that a Brisbane-based practice is providing their laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy patients with literature whereby solid foods are being introduced within the first week following their procedure. We wish to advise that we do not support this instruction and that we strongly recommend you follow our liquid dietary guidelines after your surgery.

You are provided with clear fluids in hospital and then progress to free fluids (or nourishing liquids) for 2 weeks duration when you are discharged home. This allows your stomach pouch to heal, reduces the risk of potential leaks and signficantly decreases any discomfort or pain that is associated with eating solids too soon after the surgery. It also ensures you are able take in sufficient volumes for hydration and adequate protein for good recovery. This intervention is evidence-based and is reinforced by our many years of experience in this field.

Margaret Brooke – Accredited Practising Dietitian
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