I have spent time reviewing the current literature on diet and exercise and come to the conclusion that for many people a diet based on much lower carbohydrate with increased healthy fat and appropriate levels of protein is the most appropriate approach for sustained weight loss and metabolic health.
This approach is in line with the work of Dr Stephen Phinney (USA), Professor Jeff Volek (USA) Professor Tim Noakes (SA), Professor Grant Schofield (NZ). These physicians have generally been seen as both pioneers and early adopters of the research behind low carbohydrate diets. Similarly, the CSIRO has recently published a programme endorsing the low carbohydrate approach to weight loss and management of type 2 diabetes.
THE FUNCTION OF THE CLINIC:
The aim of the clinic will be to help prepare patients for anaesthesia and their planned operation. This will include a complete patient history and examination as well as screening blood tests looking to help assess your general preoperative health as well as work out any health concerns that need to be further investigated. For some patients it will include information and a plan on how to use a low carbohydrate, healthy fat approach to optimise weight.
Your review will track any weight loss and also repeat your screening blood tests, physical examination, check your blood pressure and sugar profile to ensure that the low carbohydrate healthy fat approach is beneficial for maintaining and improving your health.
Many patients will only be coming to the clinic for a preoperative assessment and work up. Some patients may come just to discuss their weight and general health.
BOOKING AN APPOINTMENT:
The process for coming to the clinic (no matter what it is for) is to get a referral from your surgeon or GP.
For a preoperative review generally, most people will only require one visit as most investigations can be organised, reviewed and followed up over the phone. Occasionally a very complex patient who needs further investigation or referral to a cardiologist or other specialist may need to return for a follow up consultation.
For patients looking to optimise their weight we would generally have you return at about 2-3 weeks and again at 3-4 months to assess your progress and blood tests.
You can make an appointment by ringing Norwest Plastic and cosmetic surgery on 1300 112 358.
Once you have booked an appointment please:
- Fill out a health questionnaire (there is one for pure preoperative assessments and one for a metabolic and preoperative assessment).