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Little ones and bigger ones take a lot of our energy. As the saying goes, they grow up quickly. You want to make the most of every moment that family life brings.
The impacts of a high BMI on your ability to fall pregnant and the health of your baby are well documented. But managing multiple health conditions can make conceiving difficult. And after years of trying to reach your healthy weight, it can feel like your options are running out.
The truth is there’s no easy way out and that also applies to WLS.
Our focus is to ensure you have the best chance of conceiving and having a healthy baby, whether it’s your first child, or your another sibling to add to the team.
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What to ask about weight loss surgery for women after 50

Frequently asked questions

Weight loss surgery can help your ability to conceive, reduce the risk of gestational diabetes and lower the health risks for the baby that are associated with you having a high BMI. It’s advisable to wait at least 18 months after the surgery before falling pregnant.

There are also risks that need to be considered, so please talk to us about your situation.

Everyone’s situation is different, and for some, having weight loss surgery before falling pregnant has meant that conception was easier. For others, nutritional impacts can occur for the baby if not managed correctly. This is one of the risks that need to be considered, so please talk to us about your situation.

When managed correctly, ‘eating for two’ is no different, regardless of whether or not you’ve had WLS before falling pregnant. It’s important to be guided by your health care professional to make sure your diet is right for you and baby, so please talk to us about your situation.

Any surgery comes with a degree of risk. These will be discussed in your initial consultation. Complications are minimised when the advice from your doctor and support staff are adhered to.

Risks and complications associated with bariatric surgery include:

  • Dumping syndrome
  • Gallstones
  • Hernia
  • Internal bleeding or profuse bleeding of the surgical wound
  • Leakage
  • Perforation of stomach or intestines
  • Pouch/anastomotic obstruction or bowel obstruction
  • Spleen or other organ injury
  • Stomach or intestine ulceration
  • Stricture
  • Nutritional deficiencies

An example of an average patient’s success:

A person who is 172cm tall and weighs 125kg (BMI 42) has an excess weight of 51kg (based on using a BMI of 25 being an ideal weight of 74kg) would expect to lose:

  • Approximately 70% of their excess weight,  achieving around 85 – 89kg after a sleeve or bypass

The cost of WLS varies between the type of surgery and whether or not you have private health insurance. Find out all the details about the cost of weight loss surgery here.

50% of patients can put a small amount of weight back on. Don’t be alarmed. This is as little as 5%. This may happen after a stabilisation period of 18 months to 2 year period. The long term studies (10 years+) show most weight loss surgery patients are able to achieve and maintain significant weight loss.

Our GP’s are not just there for us when we are struck down with illness. They are a reliable source when it comes to prevention and advice. Make an appointment and ask your doctor’s advice on weight loss strategies and available support. Your doctor will also have information on the costs of procedures and alternatives to up-front expenses associated with this type of surgery. There are options through medicare and private health insurance. Discuss this with your GP because if the cost of surgery has been making the decision for you, there may be other options.

Weight loss surgery can help your ability to conceive, reduce the risk of gestational diabetes and lower the health risks for the baby that are associated with you having a high BMI. It’s advisable to wait at least 18 months after the surgery before falling pregnant.

There are also risks that need to be considered, so please talk to us about your situation.

Everyone’s situation is different, and for some, having weight loss surgery before falling pregnant has meant that conception was easier. For others, nutritional impacts can occur for the baby if not managed correctly. This is one of the risks that need to be considered, so please talk to us about your situation.

When managed correctly, ‘eating for two’ is no different, regardless of whether or not you’ve had WLS before falling pregnant. It’s important to be guided by your health care professional to make sure your diet is right for you and baby, so please talk to us about your situation.

Any surgery comes with a degree of risk. These will be discussed in your initial consultation. Complications are minimised when the advice from your doctor and support staff are adhered to.

Risks and complications associated with bariatric surgery include:

  • Dumping syndrome
  • Gallstones
  • Hernia
  • Internal bleeding or profuse bleeding of the surgical wound
  • Leakage
  • Perforation of stomach or intestines
  • Pouch/anastomotic obstruction or bowel obstruction
  • Spleen or other organ injury
  • Stomach or intestine ulceration
  • Stricture
  • Nutritional deficiencies

An example of an average patient’s success:

A person who is 172cm tall and weighs 125kg (BMI 42) has an excess weight of 51kg (based on using a BMI of 25 being an ideal weight of 74kg) would expect to lose:

  • Approximately 70% of their excess weight,  achieving around 85 – 89kg after a sleeve or bypass

The cost of WLS varies between the type of surgery and whether or not you have private health insurance. Find out all the details about the cost of weight loss surgery here.

50% of patients can put a small amount of weight back on. Don’t be alarmed. This is as little as 5%. This may happen after a stabilisation period of 18 months to 2 year period. The long term studies (10 years+) show most weight loss surgery patients are able to achieve and maintain significant weight loss.

Our GP’s are not just there for us when we are struck down with illness. They are a reliable source when it comes to prevention and advice. Make an appointment and ask your doctor’s advice on weight loss strategies and available support. Your doctor will also have information on the costs of procedures and alternatives to up-front expenses associated with this type of surgery. There are options through medicare and private health insurance. Discuss this with your GP because if the cost of surgery has been making the decision for you, there may be other options.

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Your Steps to Better Health
There are many stages in the weight loss journey when deciding to have bariatric surgery. Our caring team has the expertise in obesity and treatments to provide a detailed, easy-to-follow plan to ensure your long-term health, safety and weight loss success.
DISCOVERY
Make an appointment to meet with the surgeon and our team of weight loss surgery experts to discuss your suitability for surgery and review your treatment options in detail.
PRE-OP PREPARATION
Your surgeon, Dr. Patrick, customises your weight loss surgery plan to ensure the journey with us is seamless and sets you up for success.
SURGERY DAY
You arrive at hospital on the day of surgery. Our team is ready to take you through the most important step of your weight loss journey. After the surgery, we are there to support you and ensure a speedy recovery.
POST-OP SUPPORT
Make an appointment to meet with the surgeon and our team of weight loss surgery experts to discuss your suitability for surgery and review your treatment options in detail.
We'll be with you every step of the way

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Epworth Eastern Hospital
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Box Hill VIC 3128 Australia
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