Using this guide What's covered
Here you’ll find answers to many of your questions about weight loss (bariatric) surgery. Learn how it works, what it may cost, what your recovery may be like, and more.
To see how the surgery’s done, view our animation below. For personal insights, see our patient experience videos in which HCF members talk frankly about their preparation, surgery and recovery.
What's weight loss surgery?
There are several procedures that are designed to help you achieve your weight loss goal. They work by reducing the amount of food your stomach can hold (restrictive surgeries) and/or by reducing the amount of food your body can absorb (malabsorptive surgeries). These procedures can produce dramatic weight loss.
Lap band surgery (laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding) — where an adjustable silicone band is placed around the top part of your stomach. This creates a small stomach pouch above the band which makes you feel satisfied after eating a small amount of food.
Gastric bypass surgery— where a small part of your stomach is connected directly to your small intestine so that food bypasses most of your stomach. You feel full sooner and your body absorbs less of what you eat.
Gastric sleeve surgery — where most of your stomach is removed. You feel full with a small amount of food. Also, because the hunger hormone that is produced by your stomach is removed along with part of your stomach, the feeling of hunger is reduced.
Why is it done?
Your doctor may recommend weight loss surgery if you’re overweight to the point where your weight is putting your health at serious risk. And you’ve already tried other ways to lose weight, like exercise, diet modification and medication.
CONSIDERING THE PROCEDURE
Alternatives to weight loss surgery
There are a number of other options.
Types of weight loss surgery
There are several different types of surgery for weight loss.
Results vs risks of the procedure
The benefits and and potential complications of weight loss surgery.
Choosing a specialist
How to find a surgeon who specialises in these procedures.
Give us feedback
HOSPITAL SAFETY & QUALITY SEARCH
Compare hospital safety and quality data before deciding where you're treated.
Find a doctor
Search for specialists who participate in our Medicover No-Gap or Known-Gap scheme.
Find a health professional
Search for providers who participate in our More for You program. Find physios, chiros, podiatrists and more.
Manage your health
Programs and resources that empower you to live a healthier life.