Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions regarding Laparoscopic Metabolic and Obesity Surgery and our services.

How much does it cost?

The procedures are covered by Medicare and Private health insurance but there will be out of pocket expense. Our costs are very competitive, the amount will depend on your private insurance status. We can help with doctor and hospital costing and advise whether you may be able to access superannuation to fund surgery.

Can I eat normal food after surgery?

Your dietician will discuss this in detail. As an outline there is a period of modified diet for up to 6 weeks after surgery but then you can eat normal nutritious food. You can still eat out or at friends - some texture of foods may need to be avoided depending on the type of surgery.

Will I need supplements after surgery?

Your dietician will discuss individual requirements but vitamin supplements are almost always recommended.

I am overweight and have type 2 diabetes (NIDDM), what should I do?

Weight loss surgery can reverse or improve diabetes in this situation and the results from surgery are better than medical treatment. Diabetes is a common reason for people to undergo surgery.  Discuss your situation with your doctor, dietician or diabetes educator.

Will I need to have plastic surgery for excess skin?

Less than 50% of surgical patients will need plastic surgery for excess skin removal after weight loss. Keeping up a regular exercise regime helps to remodel your body.

What is endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty (ESG)?

This is a totally endoscopic, no incision technique now available at Latitude 31. The procedure is non surgical performed via a gastroscope, sutures are placed to plicate the stomach. The technique has been pioneered at several international centres and has been shown to be safe and effective over at least 2 years follow up with low complication rate and fast recovery compared to conventional keyhole surgery. We do not have long term results for this procedure.

Who is suitable for endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty (ESG)?

As of 2018, this procedure is suitable for people who need to lose a significant amount of weight (eg BMI>30) but do not meet strict criteria for conventional keyhole surgery. It may also be the preferred technique for people who would qualify for conventional surgery but have complicating medical or surgical issues.