Weight Loss Surgery

If diet, exercise, and medication have failed, bariatric surgery is a type of weight loss surgery that can help individuals achieve significant weight loss.

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Weight Loss Surgery

It works by reducing the size of the stomach, reducing the amount of food that can be consumed, or limiting the absorption of calories from food.

There are several types of bariatric surgery, including gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy and adjustable gastric banding. Each type of surgery has its own unique advantages and disadvantages, and the best option for each individual depends on their specific needs and goals.

Bariatric surgery is typically recommended for individuals who have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher, or a BMI of 35 or higher with weight-related health problems, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, or sleep apnoea.

As healthcare providers, we can refer you for bariatric surgery. However, it's important to consider that bariatric surgery is a major procedure and carries certain risks and side effects, such as malnutrition, hernias, and blood clots. It's crucial to discuss the potential benefits and risks with the patient and to refer them to a qualified bariatric surgeon for a thorough evaluation and pre-operative evaluation.

In addition to surgery, individuals who undergo bariatric surgery are typically required to make significant lifestyle changes, including a healthy diet and regular exercise, to maintain their weight loss and achieve long-term success.

It's important to emphasise that bariatric surgery is not a quick fix, and requires a lifetime commitment to healthy habits to achieve and maintain successful weight loss.

We are able to refer patients to specialised bariatric surgery centres anywhere in Australia. These centres have teams of experienced bariatric surgeons, dietitians, and support staff who can work with patients to develop a comprehensive treatment plan and provide the necessary care and support before, during, and after the procedure.

It's important to find a reputable and experienced bariatric surgery centre to ensure the best outcomes and to minimise the risks associated with the procedure. By referring patients to a specialised bariatric surgery centre, we can ensure that they receive the highest quality care and support throughout their weight loss journey.

If a patient expresses interest in bariatric surgery, we can provide them with a referral to a specialised bariatric surgery centre, taking into consideration their location, individual needs, and goals. Our referral will help ensure that the patient receives a thorough evaluation and the appropriate care and support necessary for successful weight loss.

Surgery can be expensive but if it is absolutely necessary there are ways to pay. We can complete early release of super forms so you can fund your surgery. A clear understanding of the financial implications of early release of super is essential. Costs vary depending on the type of surgery, the location, and the insurance coverage.

There are various options available to help cover the costs of bariatric surgery, including private health insurance, Medicare and early release of superannuation. It's crucial to have a clear understanding of the financial implications before undergoing bariatric surgery.

Early release of superannuation is an option for individuals who have a medical condition that is considered life-threatening or has a significant impact on their quality of life. By completing an early release of superannuation form, individuals can access some of their superannuation funds to pay for their bariatric surgery. Our doctors can complete the doctor’s section of this form for you.

It's important to note that early release of superannuation should be a last resort and should only be considered after thoroughly exploring other options and after careful consideration of the long-term financial implications.