Find Lasting Health With Weight Loss Surgery
Weight Loss surgery has been shown to be the most effective treatment for obesity in suitable patients. These surgeries have been performed for over 40 years and during this time they have continued to advance, becoming safer and more effective. Surgery allows you to comfortably reduce the amount of food you eat to still feel full. Several bariatric procedures are available. It is important to be aware that everyone is different and as result everyone has a different experience after surgery. Our team at Perth Bariatric Surgery specialises in tailoring weight loss treatment to each individual patient.
Perth Bariatric Surgery understands the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to patient care. Perth based Dr Andrew Kiyingi leads an expert team including Bariatric Dietician, Physician, Specialist Nurse, Anaesthetist and Psychologist to maximise safety and ensure you achieve the most successful outcome.
It’s Not Just Weight Loss.
It’s Health Gain.
Being overweight or obese is one of the leading risk factors for ill health in Australia. The longer you live with obesity, the greater the negative effect on your physical health, mental health and wellbeing.
Unfortunately, diets won’t work for many people and this is when bariatric surgery (also known as weight loss or obesity surgery) can help you achieve lasting results. These surgeries have continued to advance with research and technology and are safe and effective.
Surgery works by influencing hunger and the way in which the body process food/calories. It is expected that following weight loss surgery, a patient is able to eat every day normal healthy food (in a smaller quantity), participate in normal every day activities and enjoy a great quality of life.
Calculate Your BMI
- Under 18.5 – you are very underweight and possibly malnourished.
- 18.5 to 24.9 – you have a healthy weight range for young and middle-aged adults.
- 25.0 to 29.9 – you are overweight.
- Over 30 – you are obese.
Dr. Andrew Kiyingi (MSurg FRACS)
General Surgeon and Bariatric Surgery Specialist
Dr Kiyingi is a Specialist Weight-loss and General Surgeon with advanced training in minimally invasive surgery with over 16 years clinical experience. He is also a Surgical Trainer for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
Dr Andrew Kiyingi was schooled in Sydney, graduated from the University of Otago (NZ) and was awarded the University Gold Medal in General Practice and Distinction in Surgery. He completed surgical training at St Vincents Hospital Melbourne and was awarded Fellowship (FRACS) under the Royal Australian College of Surgeons.
He now runs Perth Bariatric Surgery services and treatments in multiple locations across Perth, including Murdoch, Joondalup and Mount Lawley, delivering premium care for patients in WA.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Weight Loss Surgery
Am I eligible for weight loss surgery?
Your BMI is the first and most important criteria to consider if you are eligible for weight loss surgery. The current medical guidelines advise that your BMI should be greater than 35 to be considered for surgery. However, we may also consider surgery in people with a lower BMI in the range of 30 and 35 if they also suffer from an approved weight related medical condition. Calculate your BMI to see if you are eligible. There are also additional personalised factors related to your medical history that are discussed during your consultation to assess your eligibility.
Do I qualify for weight loss surgery Perth?
If your BMI is over 35 or in the range of 30-35 with an approved weight-related medical condition, you may qualify following our personalised consultation for weight loss surgery in Perth.
How much do you have to weigh to get weight loss surgery?
Surgery eligibility is not based on your weight, but your BMI. You may be considered for surgery at any weight if your BMI is over 35 or in the in the range of 30-35 with an approved weight-related medical condition and you are deemed suitable following your medical assessment with Dr Andrew Kiyingi.
Can you get gastric sleeve or gastric bypass on Medicare Australia?
Weight loss surgery is available under Medicare Australia, however due to funding and demand, the access to this service is limited. Patients accessing gastric sleeve surgery or bypass under Medicare Australia are typically on a waiting list for several years and may have limited access to their surgeon. Perth Bariatric Surgery offers a private and tailored approach to your care with surgery commonly performed within 10 weeks of your initial consultation.
How effective is weight loss surgery?
Weight surgery is the most effective treatment available for long-term weight loss and improved health. Everyone has a slightly different weight loss journey because we are all biologically different. Even though surgery is the most effective option it does not always mean that is the most suitable option for everyone, which is why we perform personalised consultations.
What is the process for weight loss surgery?
- Easy. Call or send an email requesting an appointment.
- Consultation with Dr Andrew Kiyingi (within 2-3 weeks)
- Consultation with our other team members including our dietician
- Confirm options and undergo surgery with Dr Andrew Kiyingi
- Integrated after care programme
DO I have to go on a OPTIFAST or a Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD) before weight loss surgery?
The VLCD diet aims to shrink and soften your liver over 2-4 weeks to improve the safety and success of your surgery. Your liver needs to be lifted with fine instruments for the entire length of your surgery and if it is too heavy with fatty tissue it may either tear or be too heavy for the fine instruments to lift in order to perform your surgery. Not everyone is required to do VLCD. Dr Andrew Kiyingi will decide if a VLCD diet is required for you during your consultation.
Is weight loss surgery for me?
Many people struggle with weight and find achieving successful long-term weight loss very challenging. There are many reasons for this, and in fact many causes of obesity are outside your control. Many yo-yo diets are difficult to maintain and often lead to increased weight gain over time. Therefore, many people turn to weight loss surgery in Perth, because it has been shown to be the most effective treatment for obesity in suitable patients.
Is weight loss surgery safe?
Weight loss surgery has been performed for over 40 years and during this time, the procedures have continued to advance, becoming safer and very common and very successful. Surgery allows you to comfortably reduce the amount of food you eat and still feel full. Several bariatric procedures are available and there is no one best weight loss surgery. It is important to be aware that everyone is different and as a result everyone has a different experience after surgery. Our team specialises in tailoring weight loss treatment to each individual patient.
Perth Bariatric Surgery understands the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to patient care. Dr Andrew Kiyingi leads an expert team including Bariatric Dietician, Physician, Specialist Nurse, Anaesthetist and Psychologist to maximise safety and ensure you achieve the most successful outcome.
What are the benefits of weight loss surgery?
Being overweight or obese is one of the leading risk factors for ill health in Australia. The longer you live with obesity, the greater the negative effect on your physical health, mental health and wellbeing. Achieving long term weight loss improves and prevents weight related medical conditions but also extends your life expectancy.
The benefits include improving / preventing: High blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, infertility, mental health conditions, cancers, high cholesterol, sleep apnoea, certain joint pains and many more.
Following weight loss surgery, most of our patients notice improved energy and mood, improved self-confidence and enjoy a fuller and healthier life without the burden of the weight they used to carry.
The first step is easy.
Top Tips For Weight Loss Surgery
Please avoid taking any Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) such as Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Aspirin, Nurofen, Diclofenac, Voltaren, Mefenamic Acid or Celecoxib. These medications can damage the lining of the stomach after Gastric Bypass and Gastric Sleeve Surgery.
Avoid Fizzy Drinks
Please avoid carbonated (fizzy) drinks as the gas contained in these drinks can distend your new small stomach causing significant discomfort, bloating and reflux.
Friends & Family Support
Its great to organise support from your friends and family early after surgery to carry the load. There are new adjustments for you to get used to after surgery. Family and friend can take the stress off the day to day particularly if you are living in a busy household.
Try To Avoid Falling Pregnant
Even though bariatric surgery improves fertility and libido, we recommend patients refrain from falling pregnant within the first 12 -18months following surgery. During this time the body is still undergoing several changes which often does not provide an ideal environment for a growing baby. You may need to consider additional barrier methods.
We discourage driving during the first 10 -14 days following surgery and only after you feel safe to do an emergency stop. It may be worthwhile clarifying any restrictions with your insurer.
We happy to provide you with a sick certificate during your time off. We generally suggest 2 weeks off for office-based work or 4 weeks off for physical / FIFO based work.
Explore Weight Loss Surgery with us
We understand that trying to lose weight is complex and keeping it off is even harder. Our tailor-made and comprehensive approach to your weight loss journey is built on a foundation of compassion, excellence and experience.
Do you have any questions related to bariatric surgery in Perth? Talk to Dr Andrew Kiyingi today.