How do you find a Top Bariatric Surgeon in Australia?
What To Consider When Looking For an Expert Weight Loss Surgeon
- Looking for a Weight Loss Surgeon?
- Need an expert on your preferred Weight Loss Procedure?
- Want to find the best Bariatric Surgeon?
If you’re considering a Weight Loss surgery procedure, you have likely started to research the Best Weight Loss Surgeons in your area. Finding an expert surgeon can be a difficult task. With so many options, prices and varying information available online, it can be hard to know what exactly to look for in a potential Weight Loss Surgeon. Bariatric Surgery can be challenging and potentially life threatening, so it is wise to find an expert bariatric surgeon and get it right the first time.
Choosing a locally based surgeon – a member of FRACS (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) or UK Based FRCS is a very good place to start, and in this blog, we will explain WHY, as well take you on a step-by-step journey to finding the best Bariatric Surgeons in Australia for your procedure.
Looking for the Best Weight Loss Surgeons in Australia?
Although there are MANY Weight Loss and Bariatric Surgeons to choose from in Australia – These highly experienced bariatric surgeons come well recommended by their peers and patients (more details below)
- Dr Arun Dhir – Bundoora, Victoria (35 Google reviews @ 4.8 Stars)
- Dr Kiron Bhatia – Heidelberg, Victoria
- Dr Roger Berry & Dr Paul Ah-Tye – Hawthorn East, Victoria
- Dr Phil Gan – Warrnambool, Regional Victoria
- Dr Yuri Jordaan – Benowa, Queensland
- Associate Professor Michael Talbot – Kogarah, New South Wales
- Associate Professor Lilian Kow – Norwood, South Australia
- Dr Leon Cohen – Mount Lawley, Perth, Western Australia
Highly Recommended Weight Loss Surgeons In Victoria
1. Dr Arun Dhir – Melbourne Gastro Surgery
Dr Arun Dhir is a specialist Upper Gastro Intestinal surgeon and a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS). He also holds Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, UK (FRCS). Dr Dhir is an active member of the ANZ Association of Gastro Oesophageal surgeons (ANZGOSA) and Obesity Surgery Society of ANZ (OSSANZ). He has gained extensive surgical experience, having trained both in Australia and overseas. Dr Dhir’s vision is to provide holistic, world class treatment to patients with upper gastrointestinal and general surgical problems. He has a particular interest in laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery and its application in weight loss for the morbidly obese. He also specializes in revisional surgery for obese patients who have had complications of previous weight loss operations
- Dr Arun Dhir is great for Gastric Sleeve Surgery and Gastric Bypass (An Mini Gastric Bypass- MGBP)
- Suite 213, 12 Ormond Blvd, Bundoora VIC 3088
- 03 9466 7799
2. Dr Kiron Bhatia – Heidelberg Weight Loss Surgery
Dr Kiron Bhatia is both a general and specialist upper gastrointestinal & bariatric surgeon. Kiron completed surgical training at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne in 2007 and has since completed various Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery fellowship training in Melbourne, Tokyo and Japan. Kiron specialises in a range of gastric surgeries including Endoscopy, Cholecystectomy, oesophagogastric cancer and weight loss surgery. Kiron is currently based at the Austin Hospital and is available at various hospitals including the Warringal Private Hospital, Northpark Private Hospital, Mitcham Private Hospital and Knox Private Hospital.
- Dr Kiron Bhatia is well known for keyhole robotic surgery & is a gastric balloon expert
- 7/8 Martin St, Heidelberg VIC 3084
- 03 9457 6990
3. Dr Roger Berry – Complete Weight Loss Solutions
Roger Berry is an obesity specialist surgeon who graduated from Monash University in 1986 with a Fellowship in General Surgery, Certificate of Transplant Surgery and has been an actively practising surgeon in the General, Laparoscopic, Upper Gastro Intestinal Surgery (UGI) and the Hepatic Pancreatic & Biliary (HPB) surgical fields. Roger is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Hepato-biliary Surgeons Association and was both previously head of the Cabrini Upper GI surgical craft group and a liver transplant surgeon at the Austin Hospital. Roger now operates at Cabrini Hospital Malvern and Cabrini Hospital Brighton.
- Dr Roger Berry is a lap band expert
- 105/12 Cato St, Hawthorn East VIC 3123
- 03 9828 1900
4. Dr Paul Ah-Tye – Complete Weight Loss Solutions
- 105/12 Cato St, Hawthorn East VIC 3123
- 03 9828 1900
5. Dr Phil Gan – Warrnambool Obesity Surgery Centre
- St John of God Hospital 136 Botanic Road Warrnambool, VIC 3280
- 03 5562 9527 Ghan (Warrnambool – Country Victoria)
Highly Recommended Weight Loss Surgeons In QUEENSLAND
1. Dr Yuri Jordaan – Jordaan Surgical
- Suite 14 (Level 2) Pindara Place 13 Carrara Street Benowa QLD 4217
- 07 5556 8888
Highly Recommended Weight Loss Surgeons In NEW SOUTH WALES
1. Associate Professor Michael Talbot – Upper GI Surgery
- Suite 3 Level 5, I South Street Kogarah NSW 2217
- 02 9553 1120
Highly Recommended Weight Loss Surgeons In SOUTH AUSTRALIA
1. A/Prof Lilian Kow – Adelaide Bariatric Centre
- 12 The Parade, Norwood SA 5067
- 08 8177 1503
Highly Recommended Weight Loss Surgeons In WESTERN AUSTRALIA
1. Dr Leon Cohen – Mercy Bariatrics
- Suite 1A, Level 2 Saint John of God Medical Centre, 2 Ellesmere Road, Mount Lawley, Perth, WA 6050
- 08 9272 0420
Disclaimer – This list of recommended weight loss surgeons is just a suggestion to start your own research – You should do your own due diligence to find the surgeon that is right for you. Click here to see the big list of weight loss surgeons in Australia
What should I look for when choosing a Weight Loss Surgeon?
The success of any elective surgery is dependent on 4 key factors:
- Your Health – Your Overall Health & Anatomy and Current Shape/Weight
- Your Objectives or Surgery Goals
- Collaboration and Communication between you and your Surgeon
- Your Surgeon’s Skills and Qualifications
Your Bariatric Surgeon’s Skills And Qualifications
Before deciding on a Weight Loss Surgeon for your chosen procedure, you should fully understand their area of expertise as well as the level of formal training and experience they have.
Why is this important? A FRACS/FRCS Specialist qualification is typically a good indication of a Surgeon’s level of expertise. It is only gained by having a lifelong pursuit of expertise in Weight Loss, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.
What is a FRACS or FRCS qualification?
- The distinction of being a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons is only awarded to Specialist Surgeons who have completed a minimum of 12 years medical and surgical education, with at least 5 years of specialist postgraduate training.
- A Specialist Weight Loss Surgeon with an Australian FRACS or FRCS qualification will have:
- Been subjected to the highest levels of testing and review of their surgical skills before achieving fellowship in RACS or RCS.
- Had more Weight Loss surgery education/advanced training & international Weight Loss Surgery Conference attendance than other types of doctors or surgeons.
Look for ANZMOSS or ANZGOSA Membership
You should also make sure that your Surgeon is listed with a professional society of Weight Loss Surgeons – like ANZMOSS – Australia & New Zealand Metabolic and Obesity Surgery Society (formerly OSSANZ – Obesity Surgery Society of Australia & NZ) or ANZGOSA – Australian and New Zealand Gastric and Oesophageal Surgery Association.
These websites can also provide you with a list of accredited Surgeons (members) who keep up to date with advances in the Weight Loss and cosmetic surgery field.
Additionally, members commit to high ethical standards including patient care and patient safety processes.
Collaboration and Communication Between You And Your Surgeon
- Your Surgeon’s skills are one thing, but if you and your surgeon can’t communicate openly and honestly, your results can be compromised. You must find a surgeon you trust and respect.
- It is important that you feel comfortable with your Surgeon’s methods of communication; you should feel able to ask any and all questions and voice your concerns.
- To achieve the best possible surgical result, you will need to work in harmony with your Surgeon and follow their post-operative instructions. Listening to and understanding their advice will help to reduce any surgery risks and boost your healing and recovery.
- If you feel intimidated or disrespected by your Surgeon, then they’re not for you!
Who to avoid when choosing a Weight Loss Surgeon
It’s wise to avoid choosing:
- A newer doctor still in training (junior doctor).
- Doctors who have not gained successful membership into the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) with a speciality in Weight Loss Surgery.
- Discount surgery facilities that aren’t adequately monitored for patient safety.
- Weight Loss Surgeons who focus on certain surgeries but agree to do a procedure they rarely ever perform.
- Surgeons who cannot show you ANY of their patient ‘before and after’ photos or reviews during a consultation.
How do I choose the best Weight Loss Surgeons near me?
I want to find an expert Weight Loss Surgeon near me – but where do I start?
1. Do Your Research & Homework
- Find out everything you can about your potential Weight Loss Surgeon
- Are they FRACS qualified and a member of ASPS?
- How many operations have they performed over a lifetime and in recent years?
- What do their patients say about them online? – Read their Online Reviews
- Do they have any before and after photos of happy patients? (Be sure to ask to see before and after pictures of real patients at your initial consultation)
- Word of mouth – directly and from others in your area – are invaluable for finding great surgeons and for avoiding a not so great one.
- Ask your family, neighbours, colleagues and friends for their recommendations.
2. Ask Your trusted Local GP, Specialist Or Hospital For A Recommendation
- Your trusted local doctor and Hospital can also refer you to several Specialist Bariatric Surgeons for your preferred weightloss surgery procedure.
- Accredited Hospitals will usually have high standards which the best weight loss Surgeons are required to meet in order to operate on their premises.
- Remember, you want to think about your safety first, so choose a Surgeon who either operates in a hospital or has hospital operating rights in a big hospital.
- Be sure to ask for a list of Hospitals your Surgeon is permitted to operate in at your initial consultation. If the answer is that they don’t, think about choosing a hospital-authorised Surgeon instead.
3) Read Our Free Weight Loss Guide To Research Your Chosen Procedure In Detail
It’s important to research your chosen procedure in further detail, and understand exactly what is involved before scheduling a consultation with a Weight Loss Surgeon.
Our free Weight Loss Surgery guide is a great place to start your search for the best weight loss surgeons and covers:
- An in-depth procedure overview
- How to determine if you are a good candidate for surgery
- Step-by-step surgery outline
- How to plan for your procedure
- Answers to FAQs
4) Be wary of The Media – Don’t Believe Everything You See And Hear
- There are many different levels of quality surgery and many different types of Surgeons, some who love the media spotlight more than others. Not all surgeons in the media spotlight are true experts, some just have good PR and publicity agents.
- Be careful selecting surgeons via the media or television stories. Just because a doctor has a radio advertisement or television story, does not mean they are a genuine FRACS Surgeon.
- Be sure to do your homework and detailed research that includes: talking to patients, looking at before & after photos and meeting with different candidates.
- It is beneficial to have two consultations or seek a second opinion so that you can compare information and be sure you will receive the best possible treatment and care.
- Once you completed thorough research and have met with at ideally two of your top listed Weight Loss Surgeons, you should have a strong sense of who you feel comfortable with and confident in choosing as the best surgeon for your procedure.
5) Arrange An Initial Consultation For Your Weight Loss Surgery Procedure
- We believe information and education are the cornerstones to any decision made about your body.
- In your consultation, you need to be assured that the surgery is right for you (sometimes it won’t be, or another procedure might be best).
- Bring a trusted, positive friend along who has good instincts and can help you assess the information or bring up concerns you might forget to ask yourself.
- Your questions need to be appropriately answered and your decision should be easily made and feel natural and ‘right’, no matter the outcome.
- You should ask any questions you have, and your Surgeon should willingly and respectfully answer all of them.
- Most importantly, your surgeon should not rush you into a decision.
Why It’s Best To Be Cautious And Never Rush When Choosing A Weight Loss Surgeon
- Surgery is serious and should not be taken lightly. Remember, there are risks and results can vary from patient to patient. Ideally, you want a Surgeon who is honest, patient and respectful, and who has your long term surgery outcomes and best interests in mind.
- No Surgeon will have perfect results 100% of the time, however, you need someone honest about their less-than-successful outcomes, and tells you how they promise to handle a problem should something not go to plan
- Go with your gut – but a second opinion from another highly recommended Weight Loss Surgeon is a great idea before you make your choice.
- Call us to request our comprehensive Weight Loss Surgery Guide
- For more information about Weight loss and Plastic Surgeons that can help you with your weight loss journey – please call or contact us.