Bariatric surgery is another term for weight loss surgery. The two most common procedures are a Sleeve Gastrectomy and a Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass. Other bariatric surgery procedures we offer are Single Anastomosis Gastric Bypass, Revisional Bariatric Surgery and Intra-gastric Balloon. Read more about our range of bariatric surgery options.
Weight loss surgery is an effective treatment for people who are struggling with obesity and/or experiencing other medical complications, such as obstructive sleep apnoea, coronary artery disease, type 2 diabetes, fatty liver, osteoarthritis/joint pain, cancers and decreased fertility.
While some people are able to manage excess weight through diet and exercise, 95% cannot and weight loss surgery provides another option.
Patients who have a BMI greater than 40, and patients with a BMI greater than 35 and experiencing health complications associated with excess weight are excellent candidates for bariatric surgery.
Use our BMI tool to find out if your weight is putting you at risk.
At your initial consultation, we will go through our fee structure in detail and discuss, if insured, what your private health insurance will and will not cover. We are transparent in our pricing and you will be fully aware of all costs before surgery.
● Dr Benedict Mackay’s surgical time and a second surgeon assisting
● The anaesthetist’s fee
● Hospital fees
● Medications, such as pain relief
● Follow up consultations
● Ongoing support from dietitians, exercise physiologists, psychologists and other allied health professionals
You should expect to stay in hospital for two to three days after bariatric surgery. You should make arrangements for someone to take you home.
It’s also recommended to have someone at home to help you for the first five to seven days after surgery with tasks like cooking, laundry, housework and caring for children.
Most patients return to work two to four weeks after bariatric surgery.
Most patients experience a weight loss of 65 to 75% of excess weight over a period of twelve to eighteen months.
Bariatric surgery results in a substantially reduced stomach capacity, which will help you reduce the volume of food that you eat. You may have to eliminate some foods and drinks from your diet altogether.
For some patients, this can be mentally challenging, so we partner with allied health professionals to provide ongoing support on your weight loss journey before and after your bariatric surgery.
Here are some recommended links where you can do further reading:
Australia and New Zealand Metabolic and Obesity Surgery Society
Australia and New Zealand Gastric and Oesophageal Surgery Association
Outcomes of Bariatric Surgery in Australia – Annual Reports
Australia and New Zealand Obesity Society
American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery