Information for GPs

Committed to exceptional patient outcome

What bariatric surgery can do for your patients.

Dr Benedict Mackay offers patients an expert, multidisciplinary approach to weight loss surgery with a strong emphasis on ensuring an exceptional quality of care. As well as bariatric surgery, he’s also available for upper gastrointestinal and general surgery.

As your patient’s primary medical professional, it’s important to Dr Benedict Mackay to work in partnership with you to ensure a positive long-term outcome.

Successful, permanent weight loss requires ongoing lifestyle changes and we recognise the significant role that a patient’s GP has to play.

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Dr Benedict Mackay
BSc, MBChB, MRCS (England), FRACS
General, Upper GI and Bariatric Surgeon

Is your patient suitable for bariatric surgery?

When you refer your patient to Dr Benedict Mackay for bariatric care, they will undergo a comprehensive medical evaluation to ensure the patient is an appropriate candidate for bariatric surgery.

Dr Benedict Mackay uses the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners guidelines for bariatric surgery.

One of the key criteria for being a bariatric patient is your BMI (Body Mass Index).

According to BMI categories:

40 - 49.9
is obese
is morbidly obese
30 - 39.9
is super obese

Use our BMI tool to find out if your weight is putting you at risk.

Surgery for obesity is considered an appropriate choice for patients:

  • With a BMI greater than 35
  • With a BMI greater than 30 and one or more obesity-related illness
  • Who have tried non-operative weight loss solutions without long-term success

In certain circumstances, patients with lower BMI may be candidates.

Meet the surgeon

Dr Benedict Mackay.

One of Australia’s most highly trained and qualified bariatric surgeons, Dr Benedict Mackay combines impressive experience with a deep knowledge of modern surgical techniques and a commitment to achieving the very best outcome for patients.

Dr Benedict Mackay is based on the Sunshine Coast and operates at Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital, so patients no longer need to travel to Brisbane or beyond for exceptional gastrointestinal surgical care.

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Dr Benedict Mackay
BSc, MBChB, MRCS (England), FRACS
General, Upper GI and Bariatric Surgeon

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Refer a patient or contact us to discuss suitability.

If you want to discuss a patient’s suitability for surgery, Dr Benedict Mackay invites you to get in touch. Alternatively, if you wish to make a referral, please use our electronic referral form.