A checklist for your weight loss journey.
Is it hard to find a good weight loss surgeon in Perth?
The truth of the matter is that it’s not that hard to find a weight loss surgeon in Perth. Over the last decade, obesity has become a more predominant health concern for Australians. And this evolution has created a bigger demand for weight loss surgeons, also here in Western Australia. So when you start out your journey to explore bariatric surgery, you come across a multitude of messages, promotions and information, including ads for so called “affordable bariatric surgery” done overseas. So how do you choose a reliable bariatric surgeon? Here’s our checklist.
The Bariatric Surgery Checklist
With the team here at Advance Surgical, we have performed hundreds of weight loss surgery procedures with our Perth patients over recent years. So this has helped us compile a checklist that will help you reflect on important aspects of your choice:
- Qualification: Check that your obesity surgeon and their team are fully qualified. Typical references you would be looking for include the Royal Australiasian College of Surgeons (FRACS). And accreditation through the Australia and New Zealand Metabolic and Obesity Surgery Society (ANZMOSS).
In any case, your weight loss surgeon is an experienced General Surgeon and it is key to verify their qualification level before you engage with a surgeon.
- Experience: Ask for verifiable data on the amount of procedures performed. A weight loss surgeon who builds on the individual experience with hundreds of patients, integrates this expertise. So he/she will be able to recognise patterns in your unique situation, when planning, performing and evaluating your surgery and the required follow-up program.
- Multi-disciplinary approach: As a patient, you want to check that your treatment program includes more than the actual sleeve gastrectomy or gastric bypass procedure. Ideally, you are supported by a qualified dietitian who helps you prepare for your surgery. Your dietitian guides you with dietary instructions and information after your procedure, so you optimise your weight loss and create sustainable, long-term results.
- Care: Even though a surgical procedure tends to be focused entirely on the quality of the surgery as a medical technique, check that your surgeon and their team also see you as a human being. A weight loss journey often comes after having tried other methods to lose weight. This may have left you vulnerable and in need of support. Check that your clinic can offer this support and that you feel comfortable with the surgeon and dietitian team that you work with.
What if I need more information to plan my surgery?
At Advance Surgical Perth, we fully understand that you do your research before you commit to a weight loss surgery procedure and a weight loss journey. So we encourage you to check out reliable information.
Our team also focuses on creating online resources that allow you to learn more about the various procedures.
One way is to follow us on Facebook. We don’t just post medical data there, we also allow you to get to know us better so you know the team you are dealing with. You can follow us here.
If you prefer to watch videos rather than read articles, you can see Mr Siva Gounder and Dr Jon Armstrong in our series of YouTube videos on your YouTube channel. And if you have any questions, use the contact form or give us a call. We look forward to helping you.