A surgeon at Bundoora’s Northpark Hospital is leading the charge in weight-loss surgery.

Bariatric surgeon Kiron Bhatia is one of a few doctors in Australia to offer a new weight-loss procedure which is becoming popular in the US.

Known as endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty (ESG), the procedure involves an endoscope being placed through the mouth of a patient where a series of stitches are then made within the stomach to create a tube shape.

This restricts the capacity of the stomach to hold food by up to 70 per cent.

Dr Bhatia said the procedure was much quicker than other forms of bariatric surgery.

“The procedure is less invasive than many of the most common bariatric surgeries,” he said.

Patient Hollie said the surgery helped her find a new lease on life. The 36-year-old mother of two said she battled weight issues for most of her life and had tried a number of diets over the years.

Wanting to take a different approach to her health, Hollie began researching weight-loss surgeries and discovered ESG.

“With all the research I did into ESG, I kept coming across the name Dr Kiron Bhatia … to say I was delighted was an understatement,” she said.

“I am a dedicated mum, wife and colleague, I look after everyone else and the time had come to start looking after me.”