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Bariatric Surgery 


Obesity is associated with a number of serious health conditions including:

  • Musculo-skeletal problems
  • Cardiovascular disease & stroke
  • Some cancers
  • Sleep apnoea
  • Type 2 diabetes (one of the six National Health Priority areas)
  • Hypertension (High blood pressure)

Australian Gov Dept of Health (2009)

  • By 2025 more than 80 per cent of Australians will be overweight or obese according to the Monash Obesity and Diabetes Institute. 
  • As a result of the obesity epidemic, the number of Australians undergoing bariatric surgery has increased from 500 in 1988 to 17,000 per year in recent decades 

Australian Gov Dept of Health (2009)

Speak to your doctor about surgery if:

  • Your BMI is more than 30
  • You have a BMI between 25 and 30 plus health problems linked to weight such as sleep apnoea, asthma, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and arthritis
  • Your BMI or waist circumference is increasing in between GP visits
  • You have a waist size of 80cm or more for women and 94cm or more for men
  • You have diabetes related to obesity. In more than 80 per cent of cases this can be resolved or reduced post-surgery

Calculate your BMI here

  • Find out your BMI and gain an understanding of what it means
  • Find out the health consequences
  • Get practice weight loss information



  • Your risk of premature death and obesity-related illness reduces dramatically.
  • Obesity surgery reduces and often resolves symptoms of obesity-related sleep apnoea, arthritis and diabetes.
  • Cancer risk reduces too, with obesity now a significant risk factor for many cancers.
  • You will embark on a healthier lifestyle with regular follow-up, improved diet and exercise programs.
  • You will lose significantly amounts of weight, commonly 60 to 70kg.
  • You will feel better about your appearance and self-confidence.