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  • Which weight loss surgery is right for me?

    At LapSurgery Australia we perform each of the major types of weight loss surgery, the Sleeve Gastrectomy and the Gastric Bypass. Studies comparing the two procedures over five-year time frames show very similar degrees of weight loss. However, patients with Type 2 diabetes and those with gastric reflux have better results with the Gastric Bypass.

    Your surgeon and their team will discuss the choices of operation with you thoroughly and, in the end, present you with the facts so that you can make the decision on which surgery suits you best.

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  • What are the risks of having surgery?

    All surgery involves some risk. Risks can be broken down into two groups, those related to surgery in general and those specific to the operation being performed. Risks of surgery in general include risks of anaesthetics, infections inside the abdomen and in the wound, lung problems, blood clots in the leg or lungs and, very rarely, death. If you have other health problems such as heart or lung problems, diabetes, smoking the general risks of surgery are increased.

    When assessing the risks of surgery you must also consider and balance the risks of not having the surgery and remaining significantly overweight.

    These will be discussed in detail with you prior to the operation by your surgeon.

    The following are the commonest of the complications but please note that this is not a comprehensive list of possible complications but does cover most events.

    The Risk of the Anaesthetic

    Anaesthetic risks are extremely low because when you come to your operation any conditions which might increase your anaesthetic risk such as high blood pressure, diabetes or sleep apnoea will have been brought under control. All of our anaesthetists are experienced with dealing with the specific problems of patients with excess weight and have full access to all of the tests and information gathered during your preoperative assessment.


    Although uncommon, bleeding can occur during an otherwise routine operation and could require blood transfusion and possibly abandoning the laparoscopic (keyhole) approach for a major incision in the abdomen. Occasionally, after a routine operation, bleeding can commence some hours after an operation and require a return to the operating theatre.


    Again these are uncommon with laparoscopic surgery, but occasionally one of the small keyhole wounds can become infected and require antibiotics or drainage. Uncommonly, an infection inside the abdominal cavity or the chest can occur.

    Damage to Other Organs

    Although uncommon, during laparoscopic surgery it is possible to inadvertently damage another organ such as the spleen or the bowel. Normally this can be diagnosed and repaired during the operation but very rarely this damage may not be obvious until some hours or even days after the procedure and will then require appropriate management.

    Conversion to Open Operation

    Rarely, it is not possible to complete an operation with keyhole surgery and a full abdominal incision may be necessary. This is more likely to be the case if you have had previous surgery on your stomach such as a gastric band or stomach stapling.

    Blood Clots to the Legs or Lung (Pulmonary Embolus)

    Blood clots to the legs or the lungs are a very serious complication. At LapSurgery we use the maximum protection against this occurring. Shortly before the operation you will be given a blood thinning injection and have stockings placed on your legs. A further device will also be placed on your legs which keeps pumping blood through your legs whilst you’re asleep to minimise the chance of a clot forming whilst you are on the operating table.

    Using these precautions and the early mobilisation after the surgery that is possible with the keyhole operation, these complications have been uncommon in our patients.

    To read more about risks of the type of surgery you are considering, see information about the types of surgeries we offer here:


  • Where are your operations performed?

    Our operations are performed only in Private Hospitals. The costs of surgery can vary according to your level of Private Health Insurance. The out of pocket cost will depend on the operation performed and Medicare and Private Health cover rebates.

    It may be possible to fund this out of pocket cost from your Superannuation.

    We currently operate at Mulgrave Private Hospital, Peninsula Private Hospital, St John of God Hospital in Berwick and Knox Private Hospital.

  • What are the costs of your procedures?

    Surgery costs vary depending on the type of procedure, your level of private health insurance and where the procedure is performed.

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  • How long will I take to recover?

    We specialise in laparoscopic or ‘keyhole’ surgeries. Laparoscopic surgery is a surgical technique that reduces incision size and  hospital stay and speeds up recovery time. This means that, depending on your surgery, you can usually be recovered from surgery in 6 weeks. Recovery times vary so contact us for advice specific to your surgery and your situation.

  • How long will I have to wait for surgery?

    At LapSurgery Australia, we complete a comprehensive assessment of your health before surgery, especially weight loss surgery, so we can identify any risks and minimise these.

    If you decide to go ahead with weight loss surgery, we will arrange a comprehensive set of blood tests and and an appointment with a specialist physician experienced in preparing patients for surgery and minimising risks.

    We will also have you attend an assessment with our dietitian and psychologist to ensure that you are prepared for the dietary and psychological changes that come with surgery.

    If you have the appropriate level of health cover this process take about 4-6 weeks.