Factors to Consider Before Weight Loss Surgery

Weight loss surgery is a major decision that requires careful consideration. For many people, it can be a life-saving tool to help them reach a healthy weight, and enjoy a better quality of life. However, before making any decisions, it is important to understand the risks and benefits of the procedure, as well as the lifestyle changes that will be necessary for long-term success.

There are several factors to consider before making the decision to undergo weight loss surgery, such as your overall health, lifestyle, and diet. Additionally, it is important to understand the different types of weight loss surgeries available and which one would be best for you.

By taking the time to research and discuss these factors with your doctor, you can make an informed decision about your health, and whether or not weight loss surgery is right for you.

Surgery type

There are several different types of weight loss surgery. The two most common are gastric sleeve and gastric bypass, and each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Dr Peter Hamer and his team can help determine which surgery is best for your individual needs.


Weight loss surgery is not typically covered by insurance, so it is important to consider the cost of the procedure and any potential follow-up care that may be needed.  Does your surgeon have an appointment at the local public hospital?

Lifestyle changes

Weight loss surgery is not a ‘quick fix’ for obesity. It is a medical tool designed to help individuals reach and maintain a healthy weight, and should be used in conjunction with long-term lifestyle changes such as eating healthy, exercising regularly, and managing stress.

Medical history

Medical risk factors should always be considered as part of any decision on weight loss. The more you know about your medical history, the better you can plan for and overcome any risks. Please discuss any current or prior conditions with your doctor.

Weight loss surgery is not a decision to be taken lightly, and it is important to consider all factors before making the decision. By understanding the potential risks and benefits, you can make an educated decision about whether or not it is right for you.

The team at Dr Peter Hamer’s practice are here to help you on your weight loss journey. If you are interested in finding out more and booking a consultation, please call (02) 4380 8404 to speak with our supportive team.

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