What costs are involved?
Prior to surgery:
- Initial consult with Bariatric GP: $180 (Medicare rebate $105.55)
- Initial consult with Dietitian: $160 (usually less with health fund rebates) OR (less with Medicare Health Care Plan/EPC $52.95 rebate)
- Initial consult with Exercise Physiologist: $175 (usually less with health fund rebates) OR (less with Medicare Health Care Plan/EPC $52.95 rebate)
- Initial consult with Psychologist: $160
- Initial consult with Surgeon: $150 (Medicare rebate $72.75)
For patients who just need a LapBand removed, these is no cost at all for patients with Private Health Insurance.
We will just bill your health fund direct.
For patients having Lapband, Gastric Bypass, Sleeve Gastrectomy, or Revisional Surgery, we will also bill your health fund direct covers if you have private health insurance, but there is an additional “Access fee” which pays for a lifetime of free medical care in our clinic with the surgeon and our GPs. This means there are no gaps for any postoperative doctor’s appointments, no gaps for bandfills, and no gaps for any further surgery or any other procedures should they ever be required. For the rest of your life!
Adelaide Patient: $4000
Darwin Patient: $4500
Revisional Procedure: $4500
This cost can vary from $500-$800 and is independently set by the various anesthetists we work with.
All appointments with the surgeon and bariatric GP will be free for life.
One year of online support with our Dietitians (including Webinars for Darwin patients) will be free.
Other appointments with Allied Health team at your discretion will incur a fee.
I don't have private health insurance, what are my options?
One option is to join private health, wait out the 12 month waiting period, and have your procedure thereafter. However, again we recommend you come and see us to discuss this option for several reasons: Some health funds/tables do not cover Bariatric Surgery so you obviously want to avoid those, and also, we want to use the 12 month wait productively to get you going on a lifestyle program so you can have surgery as soon as the waiting time is over. No point waiting 12 months and then starting the program. As below you can look at early release of your super.
How can I fund my procedure?
Apply to access early release of your Superannuation. This is an option
is certain circumstances, and we can assist if this is your preferred option.
We recommend you speak to us about this first before making further enquiries,
as we can save you a lot of hassle and heartache. There are 5 forms that need
to be submitted together, and we have copies of those you require.
Likewise there are external finance providers you can source to apply for funding.
Where do I have my operation
Dr Justin Bessell operates from Calvary Wakefield Hospital and Darwin Private Hospital
Dr Jon Shenfine operates from Calvary Wakefield Hospital, Western Hospital, and Darwin Private Hospital.
How long will I be in hospital and how much time do I need off work
This can vary from patient to patient, but as a general rule, we advise the following:
Orbera Intragastric Balloon insertion and removal- day procedure and recovery time varies from patient to patient. Patients usually return to work in around three to five days after the procedure.
Laproscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy - 2 days in hospital and 3 weeks off
Laproscopic Gastric Bypass - 2 days in hospital and 3 weeks off
Mini-lap Gastric Bypass - 3 days in hospital and 4 weeks off
Revisional and Redo surgery- 3 days in hospital and 4 weeks off.