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  1. Nats205

    Dr Clement Tsang

    hi guys. I am considering having Bariatric surgery and looking at doing it with Dr Clement Tsang. He seems to have a good reputation and his costs seem to be lower than a lot of others. Would love to hear some experiences. Thank you
  2. futuresleever

    Low cost Sleeve

    Hi All, I currently live in the A.C.T and am considering the gastric sleeve. The issue is that if I was to have the procedure done in Canberra, it is a little more on the expensive side (roughly $8,000 with insurance). I have seen (online) surgeons in NSW that offer a more reasonable price ($4,000-5,000). I am wondering if anyone has travelled to get their procedure done? I am happy to travel for appointments. Thanks for your help!!
  3. numpty83

    Dr Werapitiya Senarath

    Hi all, I am wanting to be resleeved and was wondering if anyone has used this surgeon this year- I am hoping to find out how long you waited and how he was and how much everything cost thanks so much!
  4. Kerrie

    Dr Kevin Dolan

    Hi guys, I have an appointment with Dr Dolan on 24/01 and I have many questions and I cant wait to ask haha. I want to just get a rough idea on the cost of a sleeve, I know I have spoken with the office and they say it is $2500-$3000 (cant remember now). I want to know if there is also out of pocket charges from the anesthetists and anything else pre-operations. When is the total amount due? 1 month prior or 2 weeks prior? I have seen both be mentioned on other posts. Also, Im only a 34BMI and I do not want a band. I know several people who have had it and regret it. 2 friends are actually getting it removed. Is my BMI high enough? Website says you have to be over 40 or have other symptoms. If anyone can help that'll be great. Thank you.
  5. Hi everyone! first time poster, sorry if I've made any mistakes. Ive recently seen a surgeon and he has recommended lap band surgery, the problem is I cannot afford it through him specifically! I don't want to have to go see every surgeon I can find without knowing first how much a self funded with basic hospital cover is first! Please if anyone could tell me their suregeon and how much it cost them self funded that would be excellent! I am also going to be put into the public wait list shortly but would much prefer to self fund to get banded ASAP! I am currently 180cm tall and weigh 115kg and have been advised against sleeving but that does not mean that if another surgeon suggested it I wouldn't get it, Thankyou so much everyone edit: forgot to mention I'm living in Victoria/Melbourne
  6. Morto

    Cost Brisbane no PHI

    I don't have private health insurance but I have decided to try and access my super for sleeve surgery in Brisbane. Have others self funded via super and what was the total cost? Did you do it at a private or public hospital? Which surgeon and also how long from booking the consult to having the procedure? I've tried to do research on this but all I can find is either outdated or hugely varies. Thanks for sharing.
  7. Hi All! I'm from Adelaide about trying to decide to go with either Dr Bessel or Dr Teague. After a disastrous visit with a doctor who will remain nameless who totally destroyed me, I booked two appointments with both offices. I thought it would be pretty straight forward and easy to choose. Dr Bessel: Loved the staff, easy to get to, Dr Helen was wonderful! But the amount of pre-appointments seems daunting (and expensive) and I'm still not 100% sure how much it will all cost on for the gastric sleeve. Has anyone had one done through Dr Bessel? I seemed to get the impression that it's a new thing for them. I was all set to get bypass but after some research I think the sleeve is a much better option when it comes to risk. Did others find the pre and after care beneficial (i.e. the psych, the exercise physio, the dietician, etc?) Dr Teague: So far I've only seen the initial consult doctor and...I was less than impressed. Not that he wasn't thorough, he just seemed to be going through the motions and seemed annoyed when i asked questions. The only reason I was thinking Ashford is that it bulk bills and I only have to go to the two pre-op appointments. Again, I tried to find out the total cost which seems to be $3500 for the sleeve? I'm also under the impression that they've done quite a few of them already. I'm with HCF top cover and it ticked over in January. I called them and they said everything was covered and to call medicare to find out the rebate. The guy at Medicare had no idea what I was talking about with the code they give you and said I could get a rebate of $657, but on the sheet it says you can't get a rebate. I'm really hoping someone has some tips or info they can help me out with because I have my first meeting with Dr Bessel's rooms this Friday coming, and if I decide to go with Ashford I need to cancel. I don't want to make this decision just based on cost. Sorry for the rambling message, it's really late and I should be getting zzzs but this is stressing me out! Thank you in advance to anyone who can offer help :-)
  8. Afternoon all! I'm pretty excited, I went to my GP yesterday (armed with two folders of information, pro's and cons, weight diaries in case she said no) and got a referral to Dr Tim Wright in Charlestown. Has anyone had any experiences with him? I'm hoping to self fund through super so would need the letters from him and the GP, I work for a private health fund and have already increased my cover to include obesity surgery but it wont kick in for another 11 months. Just wanting to see how other people felt about him and if his price was reasonable etc. Any info would be fabulous! I'm so excited to begin the first step!
  9. Hi everyone, I was wondering, does anyone have experience with surgeons outside Sydney in NSW? I live near Wagga Wagga NSW but the surgeon there wants $7,000 after HCS private cover! That includes absolutely everything but I'm a 19 year old student and I wont be able to afford that for years! I've heard of others having much smaller gaps though, could you tell me where you got it done? Did anyone get the HCS no-gap thing? I can't practically travel to capital cities. I'm calling around tomorrow so fingers crossed! Thank you for any feedback
  10. Chrispies

    On the waiting list!

    Very excited here! Hubby and I saw the surgeon for the first time on Tuesday. He has already put the forms through to the hospital and given us some more to fill out and return! Can't believe it happened so quickly but really glad. Hubby is due to start his appointments shortly to have surgery April/May. I am on the public waiting list which hospital and surgeon has told me is about 3 years but I am hoping we can come up with the money before then. I was very happily astounded when we got back all the costs... People on here and other forums were saying they had paid around $18,000 without health insurance....ours is going to cost approx $6,800! That includes surgeon, anethaestist, hospital stay, surgery equipment, dietician, physio, psych and respiratory specialist. We will get a care plan and mental health care plan through our gp which will cover most of the cost of the dietician, physio and psych. Very happy :-) Hubby - 172kg / 184cm / BMI 50 (surgeons goal 100kg) Me - 115kg / 156cm / BMI 47 (surgeons goal 70/75kg)
  11. Hi All, This is my first post although i have been lurking in the background for some time. About 18 months ago, i embarked on the course of if i should go down the path of a lap banding (or in this case, gastric sleeve). About a week ago, i decided to proceed with the operation and now i am booked in for the 26th of November... 2 weeks from now. I am excited yet nervous. I decided that after reading many posts on lap banding, that i wanted something that was permanent and low maintenance and hence why i am going for the gastric sleeve. My doctor is Dr. Justin Greenslade and after my initial consultation and reading reviews, i found that he helped me make an informed decision as well as being understandable. The costs involved so far; Initial consult $150 (approx with $70 back from medicare. It was a while ago, so i think that is correct) Doctor for surgery $3500 Anesthetist $1500 Medibank Hospital gap $250 Optifast $100 I havent put in a claim yet for the fees to medibank and medicare, so i will get a little back from that as well as offset my tax next year. Dr Greenslade has recommended that i see a dietician, although not required and for pre-op, 2 weeks of optifast for breakfast and lunch, with dinner consisting of a small piece of chicken with 2 cups of vegi's. Hospitalisation is generally four days with a two week recovery and not looking forward to the mushy eating plan lol. Exciting road ahead.....
  12. Sina

    Where to start???

    Hi All, I am very new to this and at the early stages of research and booking into information sessions. I currently weigh 119kg and have BMI of 42. I am looking for a service in the Melbourne / Northern suburbs areas. I don't have any private health insurance and am looking to self fund the surgery and follow up services. Upon doing my research I am having difficulty finding aproximate prices for the surgery and all follow ups. I would greatly appreciate if anyone can give me an idea of what I should expect to pay for the entire service. Any advice that I should consider before making any commitments? Iwould love to learn from your experiences. Much appreciated Sina
  13. Jason

    Banding cost question

    HI All This is my first time here and I have my appt tomorrow with the surgeon to get the date for my band which looks like it might be early next month. The thing that has been on my mind is the cost of the band. I was referred to Dr Adib and he seems to be great but its the cost that worries me. He is charging me $19000 somthing and i have heard others getting it for a lot lot less. Is that expensive? Do I always need a referral to see someone else? I see 2 doctors as they are brothers so if one isnt in i see the other one and both of them refer to Dr Adib. Im just wondering what others were charged and who did their band. Any advise would help? so confused :-) Thanks Jason
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