Weight Loss Surgery in Australia

Over the last 25 years, the proportion of people in Australia who are overweight or obese has risen dramatically.

Combatting obesity with commercial weight loss programmes or weight loss drugs can be effective but many people will regain the weight that was lost from these endeavours.

Bariatric, or weight loss, surgery has been around for over 50 years in various forms and has been proven to provide not only significant weight loss but importantly, weight loss which is sustained for the long term.

For those suffering with morbid obesity, bariatric surgery can potentially provide improvements in a number of medical conditions as well as in quality of life and psycho-social functioning.  Diabetics can expect resolution or improvement in over 80% of cases, depending on the severity and length of diagnosis of the diabetes. The choice of operation is also important.

Other conditions which may improve with weight loss surgery include sleep apnoea, hypertension, asthma, stress incontinence amongst a number of others.



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For more information on individual procedures choose from the following:

Standard guidelines for selection for bariatric surgery are accepted as follows:

BMI over 40 kg/m2 or...

BMI over 35 kg/m2 with obesity related illness (e.g. diabetes)

As procedures become safer and better understood, lower BMI groups are increasingly being included and cases outside these guidelines may often be acceptable depending on individual circumstances.

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Melbourne Centre for Bariatric Surgery 

Consulting Locations


  • CBD
    Level 4, 250 Collins Street, Melbourne
  • Epworth Eastern Hospital
    Suite 13.6, Level 13 East Wing Tower, Epworth Eastern Hospital.  1 Arnold Street, Box Hill 3128


  • St John of God Consulting Suites
    Level 1, Suite 5, 1 Chum Street, Bendigo
  • Foster Medical Centre
    97 Station Road, Foster
  • Moe Medical Group
    5-7 Lloyd Street, Moe