FAQs

How experienced is the surgeon?

Our surgeons have extensive experience in abdominal surgery, using both open and laparoscopic techniques. You can find out more about our surgeons here.

Will I have hair loss after weight loss surgery?

Most patients will experience hair loss or hair thinning in the first 3-6 months after surgery. it is a temporary symptom ; and your hair will regrow. We still don’t understand why this happens but probably relates to change in hormone levels following weight loss surgery.

Will I need a referral from my local doctor?

Yes, you will need a referral. In order for you to see any specialist Medicare requires you to obtain a referral from your local doctor (GP).  Your local doctor should assess your health and discuss with you the options of weight loss surgery

Do you offer financial payment plans?

We have partnered with Finance companies so that you can potentially get started on your weight loss journey sooner. Patients can also access their superannuation by applying for early release of funds. To find out more, click here.

Do quoted prices include anaesthetists fee and hospital costs?

The staff will you give you a sheet with informed financial consent so you are well aware of costs associated with the practice.

There are 2 pathways for patients. It’s quite important to know which pathway you are going through.

 

  1. Privately insured patients – you will be in top cover and have gold level private health insurance. Please check the item number with your health fund to see if you are covered.
  2. Self Paying patients – for if you have no private health insurance; or private health insurance that does not cover the bariatric surgery item numbers. Again you will be given informed financial consent so you will know all the costs involved. You may also use superannuation to cover the costs of surgery.

What if I eat out?

Eating out is fine. You will generally be able to eat a normal range of foods, however it is advised to eat smaller portions, such as ordering an entree as a main. After the procedure you will feel comfortably full with this. Please ask reception staff for a business card which you can keep in your wallet/handbag and show at restaurants if required.

    Will I suffer from constipation?

    No, but there may be a reduction in the volume of your stools because you are eating less. If you develop any problems, it is fine to take some Metamucil or increase the fibre in your diet.

    How soon can I walk after surgery?

    As soon as you feel comfortable to, generally you will be walking on the same day.

    Can I use my superannuation to pay for my surgery?

    Because it is recognised that morbid obesity and the medical problems associated with it will reduce a person’s life expectancy, and that weight loss surgery is not yet readily available in the public hospital system, the Australian Government allows early access to your or another family member’s superannuation to cover the costs involved in bariatric surgery.

    The application for early super release is processed by Centrelink – you will need to fill out an application form, and obtain a written letter of support from both your GP and Specialist. We can provide you with your letter during your first consultation. The processing time by Centrelink is generally around 3 weeks. You should also allow a further 4-6 weeks for your superannuation fund to release the funds to your personal bank account.

    For more details on the early release of super to pay for medical expenses click here. To download the application form click here.

    After my surgery, what aftercare do you offer?

    We offer the following services:

    • Unlimited surgeon consultations
    • Unlimited telephone based support
    • A total of up to 5 individual Dietitian sessions. You will need a referral from your GP for a health care plan so that a rebate from medicare can be obtained.

    What about pregnancy?

    If you are planning a pregnancy, we recommend not falling pregnant for a least one year after the sleeve gastrectomy or bypass.

    Will I need to take vitamin supplements?

    You will need vitamin and mineral supplements after these procedures as you will generally be eating less food than your body is used to. This ensures you get all the vitamins and minerals you need for energy and vitality. This will be discussed by the dietician preoperatively.

    What about other medications?

    The procedures will have no effect on taking your normal prescribed medications in the long term. Its important with restrictive procedures not to take large tablets; so there will be a need to have easily chewable or liquid form of tablets.

      Is it possible to speak with a previous patient?

      Yes. This can be arranged through our practice support team.

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