To help answer some of these questions, here are the top 10 frequently asked from individuals pursuing weight loss surgery in Sydney.
1. What do I need to bring to my first office visit?
- A referral letter from your general practitioner, family physician or other doctor
- Your private medical insurance information, Medicare card, and pension card, as applicable
- Pertinent medical reports, X-rays results, MRI results, CT scan results, etc., as well as any other relevant information
2. Are my medical records kept private and confidential?
Your surgeon well handle your file with the utmost respect for your privacy. As a condition of employment, their staff are bound by strict patient confidentiality requirements.
3. What types of bariatric surgery procedures do you offer?
Common types of surgery include sleeve gastrectomy surgery, gastric bypass surgery and adjustable gastric banding surgery with the Lap-Band, as well as revision bariatric procedures. All procedures are usually performed with the less-invasive laparoscopic approach, as long as it is medically appropriate for the patient.
4. Do I need a referral from my family doctor to obtain medical care from a specialist?
Most medical specialists, only accept new patients who have been referred to theme by their family doctor or general physician. This is normal policy for several reasons. First, your family doctor can verify that you will benefit from specialist care as well as help you choose which specialist will best satisfy your individual needs and health condition. Secondly, the family doctor can help the specialist provide thorough care by providing relevant information about your health and medical history. Finally, Medicare pays higher rebates to you for specialist services if your GP or another doctor has referred you for treatment.
5. What should I expect during the first visit?
During your initial visit, the surgeons will normally review your weight loss goals. They will ask you questions about your medical and weight loss history and any other relevant topics. They will normally conduct a physical exam.
Once your test results are back, the doctor will give you a diagnosis and help you decide on which bariatric surgical procedure is appropriate for you. They then explain the procedure in detail and gives you instructions for the next step in the process. During this time, he can answer any questions you have.
6. Aside from bariatric surgery, do surgeons offer any other weight loss support, such as a nutrition advice?
Most bariatric surgeons provide comprehensive weight loss support which greatly increase your chance of successfully achieving and maintaining your weight loss goals. Quality weight loss programs are comprehensive and include preoperative patient education, a structured postoperative follow-up schedule, nutrition advice, a customized exercise program and sometimes psychological counseling if needed.
7. Can losing weight with bariatric surgery help me resolve my obesity-related co-morbid health conditions?
Yes, successfully losing the excess weight (and keeping it off) with the help of bariatric surgery often helps patients resolve their obesity-related health problems, known as “co-morbidities.” Co-morbid health problems commonly include type-2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, asthma, sleep apnea, depression and others.
8. What is the diet like after weight loss surgery?
Limiting your portion sizes while consuming healthy, nutritious foods is essential to losing the excess weight and keeping it off. To help you learn how to adhere to a healthier diet while still feeling satisfied and getting the right nutrients.
In general, you can expect to be on an entirely liquid diet for the first week after your bariatric procedure. You will add protein shakes and skim milk during the second to fourth week after weight loss surgery. You then gradually advance to eating pureed foods and then soft foods before progressing to a diet of solid foods, by about the sixth week after surgery. You should continue to eat small portions of healthy solid foods for the rest of your life.
9. What degree of weight loss can I expect following bariatric surgery?
The amount of weight loss varies by patient, depending on several factors such as the type of bariatric procedure performed and how well the individual adheres to a healthy diet and exercise plan after surgery. However, on average, individuals lose about 70 percent of their excess weight after gastric bypass surgery, 60-70 percent after sleeve gastrectomy surgery and about 47 percent of their extra weight with Lap Band surgery. The most dramatic rate of weight loss usually occurs in the first two to three months after surgery, with the rate of weight loss slowing after about the first six months after surgery. Note: It is possible to gain back the weight you have lost if you do not make healthy lifestyle choices for the rest of your life.
10. Will I have to make changes to my lifestyle after bariatric surgery?
Yes. One of the most important factors in how successful you will be in losing the excess weight and maintaining your ideal weight over the long term is how consistently you make healthy lifestyle choices. For most bariatric patients, this means changing your previous bad habits, which may include eating unnecessary “empty” calories, eating portions that are too large, not getting enough exercise and others