Bariatric surgical procedures cause weight loss by restricting the amount of food the stomach can hold, causing malabsorption of nutrients, or by a combination of both gastric restriction and malabsorption. Bariatric procedures also often cause hormonal changes. Most weight loss surgeries today are performed using minimally invasive techniques (laparoscopic surgery).
What qualifies you for bariatric surgery?
In Australia, you may qualify for weight loss surgery if your bariatric physician determines that you meet one of the following two criteria:
- You have a BMI of over 40
- You have a BMI over 35 and have one or more obesity-related conditions
The best way to find out if you are eligible for bariatric procedures is to speak to a trusted professional. If you are looking for bariatric surgery in Sydney and surrounding areas, book a consultation today.
How dangerous is bariatric surgery?
Like all surgical procedures, there are both short- and long-term risks associated with bariatric weight loss surgery. These include acid reflux, inability to eat particular foods, failure to lose weight, infection, and anaesthesia-related risks.
If you’d like to learn more about the dangers associated with bariatric weight loss surgery, please don’t hesitate to contact us or visit our FAQ page. Our friendly, experienced team would be more than happy to help.
How much does bariatric surgery cost?
Different practices and bariatric surgeons in Sydney, NSW, will charge different amounts. As a general guideline, expect to pay between $10,000 and $20,000 if you do not have private health insurance. If you do have insurance, you may only pay about a third of the total cost.
What is the safest form of weight loss surgery?
There are many types of bariatric surgery. A sleeve gastrectomy is a fairly simple procedure that is relatively low risk. It’s best to research reputable providers and speak with your bariatric doctor to determine which type of weight loss surgery is right for you.
Is bariatric surgery painful?
It’s common for patients to feel some pain around the incision site. Neck and shoulder pain may also be present. Head to our blog to read more about what you can expect after surgery.
How much weight do you lose after bariatric surgery?
Typically, patients lose about 30 to 40 per cent of their total body weight in six months.
Can I buy insurance to cover bariatric surgery?
Yes. Depending on your provider and the level of coverage, private health insurance can cover part or all of the costs associated with bariatric weight loss surgery.
What can you eat after bariatric surgery?
After surgery, it’s best to stick to soft, easy-to-digest food initially before upgrading to solids. This includes small portions of yoghurt, mashed or pureed vegetables, smoothies, avocado, and scrambled eggs. Your dietician will provide guidance along the way.
How long does bariatric surgery take?
Depending on the type of bariatric surgery, the procedure can take anywhere between one and three hours.
Can you drink alcohol after bariatric surgery?
No. Ideally, you shouldn’t drink alcohol for at least six months after your surgery.
The Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy is performed by removing approximately 80 percent of the stomach.
The Mini Gastric Bypass procedure is brief, simple, safe and increasingly has provided reliable weight loss.