Where can I find parking?
St George Private Hospital has a car park below the hospital although this is often full throughout the day. If you are unable to park in the private hospital’s car park there is another larger car park further along South Street which has ample parking and also another car park nearby on Hogben Street (view online). All car parks charge an hourly rate which can be paid via cash or card. There is also limited street parking around the hospital (2 hours maximum stay), this is free of charge.
What if I need to rearrange an appointment?
If for some reason you are unable to make your scheduled appointment then please call our team who will be able to reschedule this for you. Please allow as much time as possible when changing appointments times and avoid if possible, as due to busy clinic schedules you may not be able to get an appointment within the same date range as your original appointment.
What do I need to bring to my appointment?
- Referral from your GP.
- Medicare/private health card.
- Patient information.
- Any relevant scans or X-rays.
How do I pay for my bariatric surgery?
When do I pay for my bariatric surgery?
What does Medicare cover for bariatric surgery?
What private health funds do you accept?
How long does it take to access my super fund for bariatric surgery?
How soon can I have my bariatric surgery?
There are a series of steps that each patient has to take before bariatric surgery:
- A health assessment and discussion about the types of bariatric surgery and non-surgical therapy available. We currently offer 7 different operations, revision operations and surgery for the management of complications of other surgery. Many patients alter their decisions about which treatment to seek based on this first appointment.
- A second medical appointment after a cooling off period of at least a week in order for patients to consider what other issues need to be taken into account before surgery.
- Access to funds (health insurance, super, paying directly).
- 2 – 3 weeks of Optifast to minimise liver size to make surgery safer.
Once the above has been resolved bariatric surgery can happen within 4-6 weeks from the initial consultation, depending on your chosen procedure and availability of your surgeon. Many patients who require treatment faster find that Dr Yee or Dr Maani have a reasonably flexible approach to scheduling their surgery.
How much weight will I lose following bariatric surgery?
The amount of weight you can lose following bariatric surgery will depend on the type of surgery that you undergo, your genetic makeup and ability to adhere to the post-bariatric program (diet, exercise). On average patients who have a lap band will lose 20 – 25% of their total body weight (TBWL). A sleeve gastrectomy will give you 25 – 35% TBWL and a gastric bypass would be around 30 – 40%. The larger the surgery the easier it is to achieve greater weight loss but the greater the risks of vitamin and mineral deficiencies long term.
How quickly will I lose weight following bariatric surgery?
Will I experience a lot of pain following bariatric surgery?
As with most keyhole operations, bariatric surgery is well tolerated with pain not being a significant complaint. Most patients will require some oral pain relief for 2 – 3 days post-op. Occasionally whilst in hospital patients will be administered pain relief via a PCA (patient-controlled analgesia).
How long will I be in hospital following my bariatric surgery?
Do I have to lose weight before bariatric surgery?
Yes. We recommend at least 2 weeks on a VLCD (very low-calorie diet) prior to bariatric surgery, with guidance from our dietician on a meal plan leading up to surgery, such as Optifast. This helps to shrink the liver which sits above the stomach, thereby allowing us to perform the operation safely as there is more space to operate. Even 3 – 4 kg weight loss is usually sufficient for the surgery in most patients. This diet also kick starts the body into ketosis, the state your body will be in for the first 6 months following surgery. This is your body metabolising fat as energy.
How long do I need to follow a VLCD program prior to bariatric surgery?
What are the side effects of VLCD Programs?
So much emphasis is placed on protein after bariatric surgery, why do we need protein?
I’m eating well, do I still need to take my multivitamin?
I’m not opening my bowels daily, what should I do?
When can I start drinking alcohol after bariatric surgery?
It’s preferable to delay alcohol until healing is completed. In the long term however, alcohol is a very common cause of weight regain and major illness after bariatric surgery, especially bypass surgery. Alcohol is high in energy, is an appetite stimulant, and drinking promotes poor food choices. Generally, the consumption of more than 5-6 standard drinks per week will guarantee weight regain and ill health after bariatric surgery.
I do not suffer any reflux post surgery, do I need to take the anti-reflux medication and for how long?
Will I lose my hair following bariatric surgery?
When can I get pregnant following bariatric surgery?
Will I have excess skin following bariatric surgery? And what can I do about it?
What are the age limits of bariatric surgery?
We are often asked if somebody is too young or too old for bariatric surgery because of concerns about fairly major surgery for themselves or their family members if they are they are below 20 or above age 65. When somebody presents with a weight problem at the extremes of age it is very important to individualise their care and make very considered decisions.
The simple answer is that bariatric surgery can be considered at any age (although very unlikely for young children), depending on the condition of the patient and their quality of life. Click here for our in-depth explanation with regards to age limits for bariatric surgery.