FAQ’s limedigital March 21, 2024

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, we have plenty of parking outside the front entrance with level access.

You do not need a referral, but we may request access to some information from your GP or specialists.

We do understand it can be very difficult to attend all consults. We do like to see you as much as possible and we can also do phone consults. Please make sure you have had any blood tests and filled in questionnaires well before your remote appointment.

Consultations vary between $200 and $385, depending on which specialist you are seeing and for how long. 

Payment is required on the day of consult.

Surgery payments are required at least 7 days before surgery.

We accept eftpos, bank transfers and credit cards.

We do not accept credit card payments for surgery.

We do not accept American Express

Bariatric surgery  has a 2 year follow up program included in the price of your surgery.

This includes the following appointments:

  • 2 week phone follow up with our dietitian
  • 1 month with our dietitian and surgeon
  • 3 months with our dietitian and surgeon
  • 6 months with our dietitian
  • 9 months with our bariatric physician
  • 12 months with our dietitian and bariatric physician or surgeon 
  • 18 months with our dietitian
  • 24 months with our dietitian and bariatric physician or surgeon
  • Access to monthly inhouse or online support sessions with our psychologist

You will need to cover your own costs for any prescriptions when you are discharged from hospital as well as your multivitamins and optifast drinks. This is not included in the operation costs.

Mr Michael Booth is an Affiliated Provider with Southern Cross.

Mr Booth operates privately at Southern Cross North Harbour in Auckland

Before undergoing bariatric surgery, it’s essential to follow your surgeon’s instructions diligently. This typically involves adhering to a pre-operative diet plan (Optifast) to shrink the liver and reduce surgical risks. You may also need to undergo various medical tests and consultations to ensure you’re physically and mentally prepared for the procedure. Additionally, it’s crucial to quit smoking and refrain from certain medications as advised by your healthcare team to optimise your surgical outcomes. You should be fit for surgery which will improve your chances of a speedy recovery.

Most patients can expect to return to work within 1-2 weeks after bariatric surgery, depending on the type of procedure performed and individual recovery. Your surgeon will provide specific guidance based on your job’s physical demands and your overall healing progress.

It’s generally advisable to wait at least 2-4 weeks before undertaking non-essential travel post-bariatric surgery to ensure adequate healing and minimise the risk of complications. However, always consult with your surgeon to receive personalised recommendations based on your individual recovery progress and the nature of your travel plans.

Before bariatric surgery, focus on low-impact activities such as walking, swimming, or light strength training to improve fitness and prepare for the procedure. Post-surgery, start with gentle activities like walking and gradually incorporate more intense exercises as advised by your healthcare team, ensuring to prioritise cardiovascular health, muscle strengthening, and flexibility. Always listen to your body, avoid high-impact exercises initially, and consult with your surgeon or a qualified fitness professional for personalised recommendations tailored to your recovery and fitness goals.

After bariatric surgery, focus on consuming protein-rich foods such as lean meats, chicken, fish, eggs, low fat dairy, and legumes to support healing and muscle maintenance. Your intake of fruit and vegetables will be increased over time, as your portions increase. You will need to avoid high-calorie, high-sugar, and high-fat foods to prevent complications like dumping syndrome and weight regain. Remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated and aid digestion. Our dietitian specialises in Bariatric nutrition and can provide personalised guidance tailored to you.

It’s generally recommended to wait at least 12 to 18 months post-bariatric surgery before considering pregnancy. This timeframe allows your body to stabilise after weight loss, reducing potential risks to both you and the baby. Prioritize optimal nutrition, including prenatal vitamins, to support a healthy pregnancy. It’s crucial to discuss your plans for pregnancy with your healthcare provider to ensure proper monitoring and adjustments to your post-operative care plan. Every individual’s situation is unique, so personalised guidance is essential for a safe and successful pregnancy journey post-bariatric surgery.

We do feel strongly in supporting our patients post bariatric surgery. We do have a very thorough 2 year follow up period and can answer any questions along the way. Our post surgery support groups are very popular and gives you the opportunity to share your journey with others who are going through the same process. These are held twice a month and we will send you reminders to these. They are optional and you can add or remove your name from the list at any time.

Your journey towards bariatric surgery begins with several pre-operative appointments. 

You’ll meet with your surgeon to discuss the procedure in detail, address any concerns, and ensure you understand the risks and benefits. There are 2 consultations with our dietitian will help you establish healthy eating habits pre-surgery, including a specific diet plan starting around 2 weeks prior to surgery to optimise your body for the procedure. Additionally, a session with a psychologist or mental health professional is crucial to assess your readiness for surgery, address any emotional challenges, and provide coping strategies for the post-operative period. It also provides you with acess to the post operative monthly support groups. There will be another appointment with your surgeon to sign consents and agreement to treatment forms. Your surgeon will also address any further questions concerns you have.

The duration of Optifast or any pre-operative diet before bariatric surgery can vary depending on individual factors such as your current weight, medical history, and surgeon’s recommendations. Typically, patients are on a pre-operative diet, which may include Optifast (or similar meal replacement products), for about two to four weeks prior to surgery. This pre-operative diet aims to reduce the size of the liver and facilitate weight loss to minimise surgical risks and optimise outcomes. Your team at Surgical weight Solutions will provide specific instructions tailored to your needs and monitor your progress throughout the pre-operative period.

Weight loss surgery is only part of the equation.

Our support goes so much further.

Our Team are committed to providing world-class support from start to finish.

Through our comprehensive consultation we endeavour to find the best solution for you, tailored to your needs and wants.

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    Windsor Park
    Auckland 0632

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    Saturday - Closed
    Sunday - Closed

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