NOVEMBER 24, 2020

New Changes to CBS – Centre for Bariatric Solutions

We want to keep the CBS community going. This is just a little update as to where the Centre is at as of 2020:
• Professor Paul O’Brien has retired. We wish him well. The remaining surgeons in the Practice are now managing the Centre, and we still work with the same Weight loss Specialist doctors, admin staff and Nurse Chris.
• Our mission is to be a collaborative multidisciplinary centre supporting a comprehensive range of safe and effective weight loss solutions.
• We are open during lockdown from 9am to 5pm with a doctor available every day. This is generally at the rooms at Glen Iris, our main Centre. (Level 1, 314 Warrigal Road, Glen Iris).
• Medical and dietitian consultations are available by tele-health.
• Our Satellite clinics are generally running as normal. These are at Frankston, Preston and Sunshine
• Dr. Paul MacCartney has also left, deciding to focus on other medical subspecialties.
• A specialist Endocrinologist, Dr. Esther Briganti who has a special interest in weight management is joining our team at Glen Iris monthly and we will contact patients about a bulk-billed consult regarding bone-health.
• We are firming up our post-op follow-up plans to better on going care for our patients.
• We have a new logo and look. We are still in the process of transitioning to the new CBS look so stay tuned. 

“We look forward to seeing you back in the clinic and continue to assist you with your weight loss journey.”


OCTOBER 17, 2018

New study shows success of lap-band surgery

A landmark study by Monash University has shown that lap-band surgery provides substantial weight loss to patients for at least 20 years. The study, by Monash’s Centre for Obesity Research and Education (CORE) and the Centre for Bariatric Surgery (CBS), demonstrated that patients who had lap-band surgery 20 years ago now weigh an average of 30.1kg less than their initial weight. Lap-band (laparoscopic adjustable gastric band) surgery places an adjustable band around the top of the stomach to reduce appetite. Lead author Emeritus Professor Paul O’Brien said the data showed that the lap-band procedure had the potential to provide an acceptable and cost-effective long-term solution to obesity. “What we need for people who are obese is durability in weight loss,” he said. “Lifestyle treatments such as diets, exercise and appetite suppressants have been unable to achieve useful benefit in the medium term – three to 10 years – let alone the long-term. “Lap-band patients at CBS were generally treated as day patients, the surgery was simple and safe and in this study there were no deaths related to it. Where obesity is a lethal disease, the surgery can be life-saving.” Obesity is linked to a number of health problems including heart and lung disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, many cancers, osteoarthritis, psychosocial problems and depression and reduced life expectancy. In an additional study included in the report, published in the journal Obesity Surgery, the researchers performed a review of the published literature for all common bariatric (weight loss) surgical procedures at 10 years or more after surgery. They found strong evidence indicating that patients having gastric bypass surgery (where the stomach is divided) had weight loss of around 58 per cent of their excess weight and that those having biliopancreatic bypass (which re-routes the bowel so that food is not absorbed) lost 75 percent of their excess weight. “The study demonstrates the long-term effectiveness for bariatric procedures in general, highlighting the urgent need for these procedures to become more available … and with better coverage from our private insurers,” study co-author and CORE director, Professor Wendy Brown, said. All procedures showed a significant need for revision of all surgery over time although improvements in surgical techniques and the bariatric devices, and in after-care, had all led to a marked reduction in the need for additional surgery, Emeritus Professor O’Brien said. A long-term partnership between doctor and patient with attention to eating rules, good nutritional care and exercise and activity was very important, he said.