The Chrysalis Clinic at the Life Kingsbury Hospital in Claremont, Cape Town offers bariatric surgery (surgical treatment for morbid obesity) within the context of a multidisciplinary team of medical and paramedical specialists.
The team comprises endocrinologists, critical care physician, dieticians, psychiatrist, clinical psychologist, biokineticist and two accredited laparoscopic bariatric surgeons. A professional nurse serves as the clinic coordinator. The team assesses patients to determine whether surgery is an appropriate treatment option for their obesity and, if so, prepares them for the surgery and assists them with their journey after the surgery.
The Chrysalis Clinic at Life Kingsbury Hospital is accredited by the South African Society for Obesity and Metabolism (SASOM) and the South African Society of Endoscopic Surgeons (SASES) as a ‘Centre of Excellence’ for bariatric (weight loss) surgery.
Gastric Bypass and Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band (‘Lap Band’) are among the surgical options offered.
To qualify for surgery patients must fulfil the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and metabolic disorders (IFSO) criteria: Body Mass Index (BMI) over 40 or over 35 if co-morbidities e.g. diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obstructive sleep apnoea etc. are already present; candidates must also have seriously attempted to lose weight by diet and exercise programmes.
Before surgery is scheduled, the patient must embark on a 2-3 month programme of supervised nutritional and exercise management with the aim of losing 5-15kg’s.