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 on the outcomes and safety of weight loss surgery here.
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 is my BMI?
You can calculate your body mass index (BMI) here.
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.
Where are the surgical procedures performed?
Lingard Private Hospital
Lake Macquarie Private Hospital
Maitland Private Hospital
Hunter Valley Private Hospital
Maitland Public Hospital (general surgery)
Calvary Mater Hospital (general surgery)
How do I know if I am eligible for surgery & which procedure will best suit me and my circumstances?
Our surgeons will discuss your medical history and your weight with you during your initial consultation and discuss your options, whether they be surgical or non-surgical. If you are suitable for surgery, we will discuss which procedure will suit you best to achieve your goals.
How much does weight loss surgery cost?
Costs will depend on your circumstances, e.g. insurance status, insurance fund and your ability to access superannuation. Please contact us for more information.
How long do I have to wait before surgery?
Our surgeons will aim to perform your surgery as early as possible. Most patients will have a minimum of a two week wait before surgery. Please let us know about your personal circumstances for example, work and personal commitments and we will always try to plan surgery at a time that suits you.
How long does the surgery take and how long will I be in hospital if I have a sleeve gastrectomy?
You are admitted to the hospital on the day of surgery, and most procedures take between 1 and 2 hours. The majority of patients are kept in hospital 1 or 2 nights and sent home on some basic pain relief, when you will normally be able to easily care for yourself and your surgical wounds.
What will I be able to eat and drink after surgery?
The morning following surgery you will be allowed to start drinking fluids and you will be discharged on a liquid diet. After this you will be progressed onto thicker fluids, followed by soft foods and then finally onto normal solid food. Most patients find this textural progression takes a number of weeks. This progress will be closely monitored by the dietitian and our team, and plenty of support is provided.
When can I return to my normal activities, like work and exercise?
As soon as you are home, our surgeons will encourage you to return to gentle exercise like walking. You can drive when you are not on any strong pain killers and can safely perform an emergency stop in your car. You can return to work when you feel ready but most people find this is approximately 10 days after surgery.
Where is Sea Change located?
We’re in Newcastle (Merewether) and see patients from Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, the Hunter Valley, Mid-North Coast, Central Coast and Sydney. Read more on our location here.