Weight Loss Surgery

Weight Loss Surgery Perth

Bariatric or 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 specialises in tailoring 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 ensure you achieve the most successful outcome.

Preparing for Your Surgery

Preparing for Your Surgery

Preparation for safe and successful surgery may involve some investigations relating to your current health conditions or to ensure you do not have hidden medical conditions. Depending on your assessment, some of these investigations may include:

  • Additional blood tests

  • Abdominal ultrasound

  • Sleep studies for sleep apnoea

  • Gastroscopy

  • You may also be required to undertake a Pre-operative diet/liver shrinkage diet during the lead up to surgery for 2-4 weeks. This sometimes includes Optifast meal replacement. This diet reduces the fat in the liver which will improve access to the stomach which is required for keyhole surgery.

Additional Information:

  • Smoking will cause significant complications during and after surgery such as leaks, infection and pneumonia. If you are planning on having surgery then you will need to quit smoking for at least 6 weeks prior to your operation. This time will allow some of the smoking-related damage to mend. Unfortunately, the occasional smoke or vaping will result in complications and you cannot resume smoking after your operation. We understand quitting can be difficult for many but help is available if you need it

Let us know if you:

  • Have any allergies
  • Might be pregnant
  • Are on blood-thinning or any non-prescription medications.

Should I Have Weight Loss Surgery?

Should I Have Weight Loss Surgery?

Deciding to undergo weight loss surgery is a big decision that requires careful thought and discussion. Generally, a patient would require a BMI of at least 30 to qualify. However, there are many considerations we take into account.

A common myth in society is that “Bariatric Surgery is the easy way out”. However, in reality, surgery is quite the opposite requiring dedication and commitment.

At Perth Bariatric Surgery, we understand 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 ensure you achieve the most successful outcome.

Preparing for Your Hospital Stay

Preparing for Your Hospital Stay

Everyone’s has slightly different needs, however we hope to make your stay in hospital as comfortable as possible. Some things you may consider bringing include:

Your CPAP machine, your usual prescribed medication, including tablets, injections and inhalers, in their original packaging, dressing gown, non-slip slippers reading glasses toiletry bag (toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, shampoo, body lotion, deodorant, hair brush or comb, lip balm) and phone charger.

Care After Your Surgery

Care After Your Surgery

Dr Andrew Kiyingi will review you each day you are in the hospital until discharge. Our dedicated after surgery care programme forms an important pillar in your long-term success and we would encourage you to attend.

Deciding to have surgery requires careful thought and discussion. Dr Andrew Kiyingi and his team can explain what each procedure involves & recommend the best one for you.

We look forward to assisting you in any way possible. Feel free to contact us or call (08) 9332 0066 or (08) 9301 0070

Top Tips For Weight Loss Surgery

Avoid NSAIDs

Avoid NSAIDs

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

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

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

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.

Avoid Driving

Avoid Driving

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.

Sick Certificates

Sick Certificates

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.