Is there any cost involved in seeing Dr Simon Ghosh to discuss surgical options?
Yes. The cost for each consultation with Dr Simon Ghosh is $200. With the referral which your GP must provide prior to the initial appointment, you will receive a Medicare rebate of $78.05.
Why surgery? Should I try medication first before considering surgery?
There is no doubt that lifestyle changes and behavioural modification can lead to successful and sustained weight loss. However, on average only about 3.2% of baseline weight is lost with these interventions.1,2,3
Prescription medication may also be a useful addition for managing obesity with expected weight loss in 1 year being about 2.9% – 6.0% of your overall body weight.4,5
Surgery for weight loss (bariatric surgery) aims to reduce weight and improve medical conditions which are associated with obesity.5
Weight loss surgery works by increasing your sense of fullness after eating with expected weight loss in one year being about 20 – 33% of your overall body weight.6,7