Q How quickly can I have Obesity Surgery?
A It can take as little as 2-3 weeks after your first visit with your Bariatric Surgeon, and Dietitian to have Obesity surgery. However, we recommend, you take a little time to consider if it’s right for you.
Q Am I a candidate for surgery?
A There are a few criteria used to determine suitability for Obesity Surgery, we look at BMI (Body Mass Index) and in addition we also consider the patient’s overall health and any existing medical diagnoses. Click here to use our BMI calculator to find out if weight loss surgery is a suitable weight loss option for you.
Q How soon can I exercise after Weight Loss Surgery?
A This can vary for different patients. Generally speaking, most patients can start walking within a few days, and more vigorous exercise can commence within 3 weeks. We recommend you discuss this with your Bariatric Surgeon during your consultations to ensure you have the most appropriate advice especially tailored to you.
Q What is the best surgical option for me?
A At BodyFree Weight Loss Clinic, we mostly perform Gastric Sleeve (Sleeve Gastrectomy) or Gastric Bypass procedures for our patients, although there are other surgical options available – we have found these procedures offer great long-term results. In order to decide on the best surgical option for you, we would recommend you come in for a consultation with the Bariatric Surgeon to discuss your personal health and lifestyle goals.
Q Where are you located?
A We are located in Sydney. Consultations with our Bariatric Surgeon and Dietitian are held at our clinic in Newtown (or may be offered as telehealth consults via Zoom or phone) with surgery performed at The Mater Hospital, North Sydney, East Sydney Private Hospital, Woolloomooloo and Prince of Wales Private Hospital, Randwick.
Q How much time will I need off work after Obesity Surgery?
A As a guide, most patients need 2 nights in hospital post-operatively, and depending on the work in which you are employed, anywhere from 3-14 days off work.
Q Can I continue to take other medicines before or after my Weight Loss Surgery?
A Routine medications can be recommenced as directed in the post-operative phase and any blood thinning agents that patients were previously taking will also be recommenced as directed by the medical team.
Q What weight loss procedures do you offer?
A At BodyFree Weight Loss Clinic, we mostly perform Gastric Sleeve (Sleeve Gastrectomy) and Gastric Bypass (Roux-en-Y and Mini/Single Loop) procedures for our patients, although there are other surgical options available – we have found these procedures offer great long-term results. The SADI-S procedure is also offered at the clinic, your Bariatric Surgeon will discuss this option with you if deemed an appropriate procedure for you.
Q What kind of Private Health Insurance do I need?
A Most health funds provide cover for Bariatric Surgery, but the level of cover you have selected will determine if you are covered. We recommend calling your health fund to check on what is included under your plan. Your health fund may ask what item numbers you are enquiring about, they are:
- 31575 for Gastric Sleeve (Sleeve Gastrectomy)
- 31572 for Gastric Bypass
- 31581 for SADI-S
Q What is included for $3,750?
A If you have Private Health Insurance covering you for Bariatric Surgery (Weight Loss Surgery) in a private hospital (and this is your first Bariatric procedure), BodyFree Weight Loss Clinic can provide all of your pre and post-operative care, surgery, and ongoing follow-up for 24 months post surgery for a fixed price of $3,750. This includes all of your medical and Dietitian assessments, anaesthetist, surgeon and surgical assistant costs.