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SSC Newspaper : December 2013
By Bernadette Chua Strathfield Private Hospital is facing so much demand for weight loss treatments it is expanding the number of operating theatres. The hospital on Everton Road is building new theatres to cope with demand for its pioneering weight loss and other procedures. It has recently introduced surgery called sleeve gastrectomy – now the world's fastest-growing surgical weight-loss option – which is credited with reversing the threat of diet-related diabetes. Strathfield consultant surgeon Dr David Martin is one of the first doctors in the Inner West to offer the procedure. However, Dr Martin firmly believes surgery should be a last resort. “Though I’m stating the obvious, the message still hasn’t come across. Stay away from processed foods and sugary drinks,” he told the Scene on a tour of the new facilities. “I had a 17-year-old patient who had tried everything. He tried dieting and exercising but it got to a stage where he needed the surgery to save his life,” he said. “Because the patient was so young, he had to undergo extensive psychological assessment so that he was aware of the risks. “Before and after every procedure, I make sure my patients see a dietician and lose weight before they go onto the table.” Dr Martin said the 17-year-old was an extreme case; he has few patients under 25 but believes the number of young adults opting for the surgery is growing. He also said many of these young patients are on the brink of getting Type 2 diabetes, which is diet-related. “We remove around 25 per cent of the stomach. There has been some research which indicates that this surgery will be more successful in keeping the weight off compared to the other surgeries,” he said. “But unlike other weight-loss surgeries, this is irreversible. So far we have been getting good results and the patients have been keeping the weight off after they leave the operating room. The majority of the patients have been incredibly satisfied with their progress.” With the new surgery, the insulin levels of many patients return to normal. “Just through this surgery, we can reverse this process of obese patients who are the brink of getting Type 2 diabetes,” said Dr Martin. “If they control their diet and exercise, they have a second chance.” 22 Strathfield Scene DECEMBER 2013 COMMUNITY MY NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION 2014: I want to stop eating junk food and exercise more. I pig out too much on fast food when I’m stressed. – Faye Lim, 23 Revolutionary surgery will save local lives Martial arts for Kids and adults 1st floor, 10-12 Parramatta Rd, Homebush. Opp imo Car Wash on George St, North Strathfield call now 9743 5757 oR 0412 851 302 www.tkdworld.com.au learn self defence Senior classes, High school and Group Training auSTRalia’S PRemieR Taekwondo club leaRn confidence diSciPline concenTRaTion niKe uniforM & 2 weeKs training free *conditions apply taeKwondo world Martial arts OUR STRATHFIELD AND SURROUNDS... 1. B. $1.6 million 2. C. $50,000 3. Gapyeong 4. The Arnott’s Biscuit factory site 5. 2RDJ88.1FM EDUCATION 1. 15 2. Marie Bashir Public School 3. Homebush Boys High School 4. Australian Catholic University FOOD 1. Amina Elshafei 2. Wee Lynn Teo 3. Kumar Mahadevan 4. Panettone 5. Sydney Markets PEOPLE 1. Craig Laundy 2. Daniel Bott 3. Harry Hopman 4. Tom Keneally ARTS 1. Plays the guitar. He also sings 2. Tevita Havea 3. Telstra Road to Discovery 4. Tracy Burjan EVENTS 1. 512 2. The Blue Mountains bushfires 3. C. Korean 4. Deepawali HISTORY 1. Wangal people 2. PLC Sydney 3. D’Arcy Wentworth 4. Horse QUIZ ANSWERS FROM PAGE 17 Surgeon Dr David Martin, left, is pioneering life-saving surgery in Strathfield