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Weight Loss Surgery
Weight Loss Surgery
This website has been designed to empower you to take an active role in the management of your obesity. Our aim is to provide general information on weight loss surgery so that you, in consultation with your doctor, can decide if it is the right option for you.
Treating Obesity Through Surgery
Weight loss surgery results in both structural and physiological changes. You'll typically want to eat less without feeling hungry, feel full sooner, and burn more energy – helping you lose weight and improve your health.1-6
Large international clinical studies have shown that weight loss surgery can lead to effective and long-term weight loss, improvements in health conditions related to obesity and quality of life, even increasing life expectancy.1,7-13
Talking to Your Doctor
It is important to discuss treatment for obesity with your doctor. Lifestyle changes (diet and exercise), weight loss medications, and weight loss (bariatric or bariatric-metabolic) surgery are all potential options for your weight loss journey.14,15 Your doctor can explain what criteria you must meet to be eligible for weight loss surgery.15-17
Financial Support for Your Weight Loss Surgery
We recommend that you speak with a financial advisor to discuss your personal circumstances and whether or not these options may be appropriate for you. Costs to consider, may include but are not limited to, primary bariatric metabolic surgery, potential post-procedure complications and possible revision surgery.
Private Health Insurance (PHI)
All health funds cover bariatric (weight loss) surgery; however, you will need to have the right level of cover. To check what your PHI covers, contact your health fund and quote the following ‘item numbers’: Gastric Sleeve 31575, Gastric Bypass 31572.
Accessing your Super
Accessing super to pay for weight loss surgery falls under a ‘terminal medical condition’. Click here for information on accessing your super, and here for a calculator to help understand the long-term effects of using super for weight loss surgery.*
Applying for a Loan
You may be eligible for a loan. Click here to estimate loan repayments and help you understand the long-term effects of using a loan to pay for weight loss surgery.*
You may be able to draw equity from your home. Equity is the value of your home, and you may be able to access this equity to pay for your medical expenses. Click here to find out more.*
To achieve the best long-term outcomes after weight loss surgery, it is very important to keep in contact with your surgeon and healthcare team. As well as attending follow-up appointments and maintaining specific lifestyle changes there are other considerations to be aware of after weight loss surgery. Surgery is a life-long change. Read more about what to expect in this downloadable resource.
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14. National Health and Medical Research Council. Clinical practice guidelines for the management of overweight and obesity in adults, adolescents and children in Australia. 2013. Melbourne: National Health and Medical Research Council.
15. Australian & New Zealand Obesity Society. The Australian Obesity Management Algorithm. 2020. Available: https://www.anzos.com/publications (accessed May 2021).
16. Australian & New Zealand Metabolic and Obesity Surgery Society. Obesity: Am I A Candidate? Available: https://anzmoss.com.au/obesity/am-i-a-candidate/ (accessed May 2021).
17. International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders. Are you a candidate. Available: https://www.ifso.com/are-you-a-candidate/ (accessed May 2021).
*Disclaimer. We do not review or control the third party websites featured in this content. Products discussed on any third party site may not be approved for use in your country or may be approved for different indications in your country, and we do not endorse the use or promotion of unapproved products or indications. Third party websites may include video demonstrations on the use of medical devices. Where a video demonstration relates to the approved use of a medical device in your country, this should be considered as information only, and not as a surgical training guide. Other surgeons may employ different techniques and the steps demonstrated may not be the complete steps of the procedure. Individual surgeon preference and experience, as well as patient needs, may dictate a variation in procedure steps. Before using any medical device or medicinal product, review all relevant Instructions for Use, Package Inserts or Summary of Product Characteristics, with particular attention to the indications, contraindications, warnings and precautions, undesirable effects, and steps for use.
There are risks with any surgery, such as adverse reactions to medications, problems with anaesthesia, problems breathing, bleeding, blood clots, inadvertent injury to nearby organs and blood vessels, even death. Bariatric surgery has its own risks, including failure to lose weight, nutritional or vitamin deficiencies and weight regain. Patients should consult their doctor to determine whether this procedure is appropriate for their condition. Alternative options to surgery include a healthy energy-controlled diet and physical activity.
This information is intended for residents of Australia only.
The information on this site is for educational purposes only and is not medical advice. Always talk to your doctor before you make decisions about your health.
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