As part of your journey you may need to make lifestyle changes that support long-term health. Our experienced team are here to guide you every step of the way, and we look forward to supporting you in the years to come.
You have made the first step in the right direction.
You have a BMI at least 35, or a BMI of at least 30 with one or more weight-related medical complications e.g. Type 2 diabetes, sleep apnoea
Aged 16 years and over
You can explore weight loss surgery options on our Weight Loss Solutions Tab
If you are interested in undergoing weight loss surgery please call our administration staff on 1300 622 772 who will make an appointment for you to be seen by one our surgeon
You will need to bring a referral from any GP
2. Bariatric GP’s
Adelaide Obesity Surgery is home to Dr Helen Patroney, Dr Teresa Girolamo and Dr Peter Tait.
Our team of experienced GP’s are here to support you from start to finish on your weight loss journey. They play an important role in your success, and from your initial meeting at Adelaide Obesity Surgery your medical history will be documented. They will explain about the importance of the preparation for your life-changing surgery, discuss the surgical options available to you, and provide referrals for investigations for blood tests and specialist appointments if required (eg Sleep test, Cardiologist, Respiratory function). If deemed appropriate by the GP, you will proceed to see the allied health team consisting of a dietitian, exercise physiologist and psychologist. After you have seen our allied health team you will the GP again to review your personal progress, blood results and specialist opinions .Then you will be seen by Dr Justin Bessell for discussion and consenting for surgery.
Part of the GP’s role is to assist Dr Bessell at your surgery.
The long term follow up is a major part of why our patients are successful at AOS. We will see you regularly after surgery to assist and support you in your journey to a much healthier and happier life. Without long term support and monitoring, bariatric surgery patients may not do as well as expected. Unlike other operations, bariatric surgery is the beginning of the journey to improved health, not a curative procedure. It is very important and indeed a duty of care that we provide you with comprehensive long term follow-up.
We look forward to being a part of your care.
Adelaide Obesity Surgery is home to Nutrition for Weight Loss Surgery, an experienced team of dietitians who are passionate about preparing and guiding you through every stage of your weight loss surgery journey. They aim to empower you to have full confidence in the dietary choices you make.
The best outcomes with weight loss surgery are achieved with the best support and our dietitians are here to help. From the outset, they will ensure you understand and work with your selected surgery type to optimise your long-term success.
You may be dreading another dietitian appointment and worry about being told what you can and can’t eat, again. You might feel like you have heard it all before or you can't stand the idea of being asked to count calories or points. Well you are in the right place, this is not what you will get from the Nutrition for Weight Loss Surgery dietitians.
They know that a healthy lifestyle is not just knowing what to eat, but how to balance diet with the demands of life. They want to help you improve your relationship with food via practical, easy to understand nutrition advice that is also specific to your individual needs.
In your first consultation, your dietitian will explain the dietary changes required to help you prepare for and recover from your surgery. They have lots of practical ideas to help make these stages easier. Following surgery they will help you transition safely back to a normal diet. As part of the ongoing support program, they will guide you on the best diet for you to succeed with weight loss surgery.
Come prepared with your questions and know you will leave knowing how good nutrition fits into the weight loss surgery puzzle. They really are here to help.
4. Exercise Physiologist
Sara Slayman has been working as part of the team at Adelaide Obesity Surgery for many years. She helps people implement exercise and physical activity as a lifestyle and make it feel less like a painful chore. The importance of exercise and physical activity for weight loss surgery goes far beyond just assisting weight loss. Getting yourself strong and fit before surgery reduces surgical risk and complications and improves your recovery after surgery so that you can get back into the things you enjoy. It also helps you maintain muscle mass, improves your energy levels and self-confidence.
Your appointment begins with reviewing your medical history, physical limitations, previous exercise habits and motivation. You may have to complete some easy fitness tests which helps Sarah know how to get you started, and also ensures that you are reaching your goals. You have the option of starting a program at home, in one of our friendly equipped clinics in a supervised group class or at your own gym.
Her personal values are what make her love her job. She is a strong believer in pushing herself outside of her comfort zone and look for new things to inspire her. She believes that any goal can be achieved, even if it may take a few attempts! Sara loves giving people the inspiration, motivation and belief that they can achieve good health and fitness, especially when they feel it may all be too hard. She loves helping people believe in themselves and watching them evolve with confidence and happiness.
Sara has been working in chronic disease management since completing university in 2006 and has developed a wealth of experience in many clinical conditions. Sara has a passion for helping people especially in areas of weight loss and bariatric surgery. Her other speciality areas include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, osteoarthritis (OA) and joint replacement rehabilitation. Sara is a qualified ‘lungs in action’ instructor and developed AEP’s pulmonary rehabilitation program.
Chris Thompson has been in private practice Psychology since 2004. As well as psychological issues such as anxiety, depression and helping people to adjust in a healthy way to change, he has a great deal of experience in helping patients to make changes to benefit their physical health. Since 2006, Chris has been working predominantly at AOS, and has become specialised in the area of weight, eating and body image. Many people that he has met with over the years have been preparing for bariatric surgery, and assisting people through this process and living well after these procedures has become a special interest. In this role, Chris has assisted motivated people to implement new behaviours and thinking, maximising the likelihood of weight loss and maintenance. He enjoys the role at AOS as he sees not only sustained weight loss, but people who are often happier, more confident, and enjoying better relationships with those around them as a result of improved health.
Chris is not so much interested in 'what' people eat, but rather the 'whens', 'wheres' and 'whys'! He aims to provide you with a framework that will maximise the benefits of bariatric surgery.
You will meet with Chris prior to surgery. This session is designed to be practical in focus, often discussing issues such as non-hungry eating; comfort or emotional eating; impact of work/life on eating habits; your family and food; and, certainly helping you to get started on some small changes pre-surgery. Most people will have ‘done all the diets’, so it’s important to help you to move away from the dieting approach. He will make sure though that the time is spent on what is most relevant and helpful for you. The next meeting is generally at one month following surgery.
As Chris lives in Canberra these days, sessions are held over the phone. If you’d prefer Skype or FaceTime please let reception staff know.
As part of the journey, patients usually see Dr Justin Bessell (Gastrointestinal Surgeon) after the education and counselling by the Allied Health Care team has been completed. Sometimes, patients who have had previous surgery, or have a scenario that is more complex than usual, may see Dr. Bessell upfront before any other appointments.
Dr. Bessell will pull all the threads of your care together so that you understand how far you have progressed, and then discuss the role of surgery as the next step. All surgical options will be discussed with you, using diagrams, and the pros and cons of each will be explored so that you feel confident to make an informed decision about which procedure suits your particular needs the best.
Once you have decided what procedure to add to your program, you will choose a suitable date for your procedure, and be provided with booking forms for the hospital and a quote for all costs so there are no hidden expenses. Your gap for surgery covers you for free medical care in our clinic for life. This means all your doctors visits will be bulk-billed post-operatively, including any further surgery should that ever be necessary. Dr. Bessell will also finalise your Superannuation claim forms should that be necessary. Click here to see costs of surgery
After the administrative details have been completed, Dr. Bessell will consent you for surgery, which means explaining to you your expected recovery, your length of stay in hospital, what will happen each day you are in hospital, and the nature and risks of the procedure.
Finally, we will set the Optifast start date, and then look forward to seeing you start your weight loss and health improvement journey!!
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