FAQ

Where do I have my operation?

Dr Justin Bessell operates from Calvary Wakefield Hospital and Darwin Private Hospital.

Dr Jon Shenfine operates from Calvary Wakefield Hospital, Western Hospital and Darwin Private Hospital.


How long will I be in hospital and how much time do I need off work?

This can vary from patient to patient, but generally we advise the following:

  • Orbera Intragastric Balloon insertion and removal: day procedure; usually return to work in within three to five days.
  • Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy: two days in hospital and three weeks off.
  • Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass: two days in hospital and three weeks off.

Regional & remote patients need to stay in town for another 48 hours after their discharge.


How long is the waiting time? Do I need a referral?

We can get you in to get started with the bariatric surgery process (or at least the intial discussions) within several days. 

A referral is required from your GP. Appointments can be made on (08) 8359 2411 or online (link to booking form).


What happens if my BMI is less than 35?

If your BMI is 30 - 35, you will qualify for surgery if you have one or more weight-related medical problems. These include: diabetes, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, atrial fibrillation, fatty liver, sleep apnoea, osteoarthritis of hips/knees, PCOS & infertility. Sometimes these conditions are diagnosed for the first time on the blood tests we do.


What health fund is best?

We are often asked to recommend Private Health Insurance for our patients. While we can’t recommend one over the other, you should ensure you choose a gold-level policy to ensure there are no exclusions for bariatric surgery. 

It is recommended to double check your policy when you commence your journey. Ask your insurer if you will be covered for item number 31572 (gastric bypass), 31575 (sleeve gastrectomy), and 31584 (LapBand removal) as a private patient in a private hospital (as some only provide cover as a private patient in a public hospital, which will not be sufficient). 


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