Bariatric Surgeon

Meeting with a weight loss surgeon

After you’ve made the decision to see us, the first thing you’ll need to do is meet with one of our weight loss surgeons (also known as a bariatric surgeon).

What to bring to your appointment

At your first appointment with the surgeon, remember to bring:

  • Referral letter.
    In order to receive a Medicare rebate you must have a referral from a GP or other specialist.
  • A list of current medications.
  • Any relevant scans, x-rays or blood results, or previous doctors’ letters.

During your appointment

At your first appointment the surgeon will take a detailed medical and surgical history. This includes your weight history, dietary choices and lifestyle, social and work circumstances. You will need to supply information on any medications you are taking, and have your height and weight measured.

The surgeon will discuss the pros and cons of all surgical options available. You can ask questions so that you feel confident to make an informed decision about which procedure is best for you.

Examinations and tests

You may need to have several tests to understand if the procedure is safe and suitable, as well as get baseline measurements. The surgeon may order blood tests, and possibly other investigations such as endoscopy and radiological imaging.

Confirming your surgery

Should you choose to proceed, your surgery will take place at the new Calvary Adelaide Hospital. You are guaranteed your own private room and will enjoy views over Adelaide. Usually, patients are in hospital for 2 nights and require 3 weeks off work to recover.

Regional and remote patients are required to stay in town for 48 hours after discharge. We recommend the Adabco Boutique Hotel on Wakefield Street, which is a short distance from the Calvary Adelaide Hospital. For a 5-star experience, the Mayfair Hotel in the heart of the city also provides a discount to our patients, and is only about 1 km away from the hospital.

We will provide you with an individualised quote, which includes the support you will need from our team along the way.

Our administration team will provide all necessary paperwork, including hospital admission forms and information for your superannuation if they will be funding the procedure.

What is included

Your program fee with AMOS covers

  • your surgery,
  • post-operative care with our surgeons,
  • 2 post-operative appointments with our dietitians, and
  • 2 post-operative appointments with our exercise physiologists.

You will also need to pay an anaesthetist’s fee separately to our costs.

If you are referred to our Bariatric Medical Practitioners, they will provide you with an independent quote.

Fees do not include any hospital excess as part of your private health insurance policy, or any other additional services undertaken in hospital.  Please check with your private health insurer if you are covered for items 31572 (Bypass), or 31575 (Sleeve).

Other steps in the process

As well as seeing the weight loss surgeon, you will also need to visit other members of our team.