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Clinics & services

Weight loss surgery

Weight loss surgery

We provide surgery to treat obesity and complications from previous weight loss surgery.

About us

We are one of the largest Bariatric Surgery Units in Australia. We have provided public weight loss surgery for many years.

Surgery is known to be effective for managing obesity as well as for improving - and sometimes reversing - other medical conditions that are related to your obesity.

In most cases, our patients undergo changes that positively transforms their lives.

You may be able to have surgery if previous, non-surgical attempts at weight loss haven't helped you.

You will be cared for by a team that includes nurses, dieticians, psychologists, anaesthetists, and other doctors, as well as our surgeons. 

Surgery is performed by the Upper GI & weight loss surgery team.

Our services

We perform the following procedures:

  • Sleeve gastrectomy
  • Gastric bypass
  • Gastric banding
  • Complex revision surgery related to previous weight loss surgeries

Our clinics

We run the following clinics:

  • The Bariatric (Obesity and Weight Loss) Clinic runs every second Friday morning at the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital. This is for both pre-surgery and post-surgery services.

Surgeons, nurses and dieticians are involved in your care. Long term follow up is encouraged to help you achieve success, with appointments offered on an ongoing basis to help you maintain your weight.

Head of Unit

Mr Ahmad Aly

Referrals

For patients

You need a referral from your GP, specialist or health care provider to access this service.

For health professionals

Find out how to refer your patient.

Referrals are triaged by clinical urgency.

Patients requiring immediate assessment should be sent to the Emergency Department.

To refer your patient, complete and fax a referral to us. For urgent referrals, also contact the service Registrar to discuss the case.

To ensure appropriate and timely triage, include all demographic and clinical details as well as relevant investigation results.

What you need to bring

Every time you come

  • Medicare card
  • Health Care Card and/or concession card (if you have one)
  • Private health insurance card (if applicable/if you want to use it)
  • Adverse drug alert card (if you have one)
  • Previous x-ray films, scans, ultrasounds or any other test results or reports
  • Medicines you need to take while you are here
  • List of medicines you are currently taking (or the boxes), including medicines you have bought without a prescription, such as herbal supplements and vitamins
  • Glasses, hearing aid, walking frame

For your clinic appointment

  • Your appointment letter
  • Any special items listed on your letter
  • TAC or Workcover claim number (if relevant)

For your day procedure

  • Responsible adult carer to stay with you to hear instructions, help you and take you home
  • Comfortable day clothes, such as a tracksuit

Our locations

You may have your surgery at the Austin Hospital or Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital.

Check the information you have received to make sure you know which hospital to visit. If you are unsure, call your surgical liaison nurse or contact us on the numbers below.

Austin Hospital

The Surgery & Endoscopy Centre
Level 2, Austin Tower
145 Studley Road Heidelberg

Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital

The Surgery Centre
Level 2, Centaur Building
300 Waterdale Road Ivanhoe

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Contact us

Bariatric Surgery

For clinic appointments

Contact Specialist Clinics

For enquiries about your surgery

Linda Watson
Upper GI and Bariatric Surgery nurse coordinator

Phone: 03 9496 3750

Email: Linda.Watson@austin.org.au

Open hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 4.30pm 

Postal address

Upper GI and Bariatric Surgery
Austin Health
PO Box 5555
Heidelberg Victoria 3084