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Posted by: vienna | 2008/06/30

Gastric bypass or band\?

Dr could you let me know if there is a difference between
the two? I need to loose 10 kg - which one ?
How much does it cost?
Thank you

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Dear Vienna
Although these 2 procedures are similar, they entail different medical procedures and can have different effects in the long run. If you only need to lose 10 kg you should really NOT consider using such invasive techniques that will cost a great deal, alter your metabolism and make life difficult for you for the rest of your life (even if you are slim). Please think very carefully about this step and rather use an energy-reduced, low-fat, high-fibre diet (click on 'Diet' at the top of this page, 'Weight loss', ‘Balanced diet' and then on 'Slimming Diet' for a copy of such a diet), and increasing your energy output by doing regular exercise (running, jogging, skipping, cycling, swimming, join a gym or Walk for Life). If you are determined to have gastric surgery then First contact the Bariatric Centres of Excellence. Contact Jana Derksen at the Call Centre for the Netcare Bariatric Centres of Excellence on 0861-623-7489 or contact her at: jana@pharmacallcc.com or call her on her cell phone at: 072-373-0155 or visit their Website at www.netcare.co.za Jana will advise you of your nearest centre where you can have such an op. These operations have been developed for patients who are unable to lose weight by diet and exercise and who's health is being threatened by their obesity - which cannot be said if you only need to lose 10 kg.
Best regards
DietDoc

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