We specialise in the surgical treatment of obesity and long-term weight loss
Sea Change Weight Loss Clinic takes a holistic approach to weight loss and ongoing weight management. We work closely with local GPs and other specialists, and our onsite team includes a dietitian, psychologist and clinical nurse specialist. We believe a holistic approach is key to long-term success and are committed to providing the best outcome for every patient. Typically, our patients have a BMI greater than 35, have not achieved adequate weight loss with diet and exercise, and are looking for a more permanent weight management solution.
Our weight loss surgeons, Dr Mark Gately and Dr Martin McLeod, were specialty trained in General Surgery in the Hunter region. They then undertook sub-speciality training in bariatric surgery in dedicated bariatric centres, both within Australia and internationally. They are highly trained to perform a variety of weight loss surgery procedures and hold regular education evenings at our clinic to share their knowledge and experience in achieving long-term weight loss success.
Next education evening (by online webinar) is at 6pm on Tuesday 7 April 2020. Register now
Many people are isolated and impacted by COVID-19. To support patients during this time, Dr Gately and Dr McLeod are offering free (bulk billed) initial assessments via telehealth for patients referred by their GP and with a BMI over 35 (calculate your BMI with our simple calculator).
Non-urgent surgery is currently on hold locally. When it resumes we are anticipating patients will be keen to progress to surgery relatively quickly. By providing initial assessments and a range of other pre-operative consultations via telehealth, we are doing our best to continue the weight loss journey for our patients and minimise wait times when surgery resumes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Clinic impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Read our COVID-19 Update for the latest information.
What is my BMI?
What operations are performed?
Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy
Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass
Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding
Laproscopic removal of gastric band
Revisional weight loss surgery
A variety of general surgical procedures
What are the outcomes of weight loss surgery?
Studies show patients experience average weight losses of around 20-30% and 25-35% after undergoing a sleeve gastrectomy or Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, respectively. Read our article: The Outcomes of Weight Loss Surgery
What is the process before and after surgery?
Is weight loss surgery safe?
Weight loss surgery, known as bariatric surgery, is generally regarded as safe surgery, in appropriately selected patients. Risks are lower than the longer-term risk of dying from heart disease, diabetes and other consequences of carrying more weight than a person’s organs can tolerate. Read our article: Is Weight Loss Surgery Safe?
Can I have surgery in a public hospital?
Our surgeons perform general surgery in public hospitals. Currently, in Newcastle, weight loss surgery is only offered in private hospitals. Patients without private health insurance can still pursue weight loss surgery and can discuss their options with the practice. Our practice also supports the use of superannuation to help fund weight loss surgery.