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  1. Those who had their sleeve done with Dr Dolan, can you please share your experience? Was he pleasent and how was his work? I've heard so many mixed reviews on him, I'm not sure If I should ask my gp to refer me to him or to someone else. TIA
  2. Sandy15

    HBF PROVIDERS

    Hi guys, I just realised that there is a big out of pocket cost if I am to have my sleeve done by Dr Dolan ($3850.00). I am now looking for those insured with HBF and went to an HBF provider for their WLS. Can you recommend please? My anxiety isn't allowing me to leave it up to my GP because I want to hear from people who experienced the surgeon first hand. Please give me their name. I am in Joondalup but happy to travel to the city for it if the surgeon is worth it. Thanks for your help!
  3. Sandy15

    Sleeve Scars

    Hey guys, Does the sleeve leave behind scars on your stomach like the band does? I know four people with the band who still have quite large scars from the surgery. The two that were done by Dr Dolan have less scarring. Would the sleeve differ based on the surgeon? TIA
  4. Hi All, I am about 4 months into my research and I am completely overwhelmed. I am look at having the sleeve done but I am at a complete loss as to which surgeon I should go through. There are SO many! At this stage I am planning on going private at this stage and have been looking at Stephen Watson, has anyone used him? My major concern, which I know is going to sound completely ridiculous is showing the surgeon my body (-.-). I have severe anxiety and the thought of it just makes me panic. At the initial appointment, could someone advise what actually happens. I feel like I need to be prepared to what I am going to walk into. Thanks all!
  5. 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.
  6. denzel

    My Reconstructive Surgery Journal

    I thought that I had better start up my own journal of having, (or not), reconstructive surgery following massive weight loss instead of hijacking kazbo's! So have gone through my posts both on bandingtogether.com and gastricsleevesupport.com to which I also belong (same username and profile photo lol!). So here goes: CATCH UP POSTS 30/09/2015 gastricsleeve.com Just discovered this site - and hopefully this gives those of us who have excess skin from weight loss as opposed to post-pregnancy (different Medicare items) hope: http://www.plasticsurgeryhub.com.au/medicare-revoking-tummy-tuck-funding-item-30177/ I am going to see a plastic surgeon tomorrow (!) re my saggy, baggy, wrinkly tum and my arms - I'm not just talking "tuck shop" or "bat wings" or "ta ta's", I am talking the upper ie visible surface of them on the upper arm - BAD crinkles. (I seem to have lived the last 20+ years in 3/4 length sleeves *sigh* to hide my upper arms. ALWAYS had big arms ) Dr Sam Cunneen, West Perth. I am also having a nurse consult at another practice next week - this is the practice that my bariatric/hernia surgeon is affiliated to, so I guess that if he is affiliated to them, and if they give me a GOOD discount, then I'm going to have it done while I still have some Medicare and top level Medibank rebate, 'cos when I move back to NZ (whenever that may be) - I would NEVER be able to afford it there. On full Disability Pension now too, And I have already gone above the "Safety Net" for Medicare this year, so should get more back as rebates, hopefully. Dr Hanh Ngeyen, Nedlands. Will keep you posted... 01/10/2015 QuirkyQuaintrelle gastricsleeve.com “Best of luck with your appointment Denzel! From what I can gather, the upcoming changes aren't going to effect patients with massive weight loss so fingers crossed I'll still qualify when it's my turn when my PHI kicks in next year. I'm greedy and want my tummy, thighs and bum all taken care of! Make sure you let us know how you go - good luck!” 01/10/2015 Thanks QuirkyQuaintrelle! I didn't end up going today as I had a really upset tummy...but will re-schedule as he seems quite cheap. 12/10/2015 bandingtogether.com Oh wow Kazbo!!! I am so excited for you!!! I am looking at having a tummy tuck and arms lifted. Later on a breast uplift and thighs lifted Quotes, note neither of these include the Anaesthetist: "Thanks for your website enquiry to Dr Sam Cunneen through WhatClinic. Your arms and tummy are certainly something we can help you with. We would need to see you at least twice for consultations prior to booking surgery for you, as there is a lot to consider with these procedures and especially given your medical history. As a rough idea of costings for surgery you would be looking at around $6500 - 7500 for Dr Cunneen' surgery fee with anaesthetist and/or hospital fees on top of that." I have been in contact with them querying that cost as it seemed remarkably cheap to me. I had an appt, but had to post-pone due to a ghastly tummy upset, so have reappointed. Sculpt Surgery - really lovely, I went there and had a long consult (free) with the nurse consultant Theresa Chung. I felt totally comfortable with her and she went though everything in detail. "Attached is your quote as requested. If you do not wish to have the circumferential lipectomy (being cut around the back) then the surgeon fee is $12000 for the abdominoplasty and the arm lift." OK, here is my latest research. I rang Medibank to find out of the hospital costs are for Items 30177 and 30171 are covered - yes, for me (I have top-level cover and have well and truly met qualifying period) IF the surgeon fills out a "Specialist Exemption Form" otherwise the procedures are considered cosmetic, and therefore no hospital cover. Here is the Medicare info: Category 3 - THERAPEUTIC PROCEDURES 30171 Group T8 - SURGICAL OPERATIONS Subgroup 1 - GENERAL LIPECTOMY wedge excision of skin and fat, not being a service associated with items 45564, 45565 or 45530 and not being a service to which item 30165 applies, 2 OR MORE EXCISIONS (H)Multiple Services Rule (Anaes.) (Assist.) Fee: $691.75 Benefit: 75% = $518.85 See para T8.8 of explanatory notes to this Category) Category 3 - THERAPEUTIC PROCEDURES 30177 Group T8 - SURGICAL OPERATIONS Subgroup 1 - GENERAL LIPECTOMY radical abdominoplasty (Pitanguy type or similar), with excision of skin and subcutaneous tissue, repair of musculoaponeurotic layer and transposition of umbilicus, not being a service performed within 12 months after the end of a pregnancy and not being a service associated with a service to which item 45564, 45565 or 45530 appliesMultiple Services Rule (Anaes.) (Assist.) Fee: $985.70 Benefit: 75% = $739.30 (See para T8.8 of explanatory notes to this Category) Category 3 - THERAPEUTIC PROCEDURES T8.8 Lipectomy - (Items 30165 to 30177) Multiple lipectomies, e.g., both buttocks and both thighs attract benefits under Item 30171 once only, i.e. the multiple operation rule does not apply. Medicare benefits are not payable in respect of liposuction, except in the circumstances outlined in Items 45584 and 45585. Lipectomy items 30165 and 30177 may not be claimed for patients if performed within 12 months after the most recent pregnancy. Lipectomy items 30165 to 30177 cannot be claimed in association with items 45564, 45565 or 45530. Where the abdomen requires closure with reconstruction of the umbilicus following free tissue transfer (45564, 45565) or breast reconstruction (45530), item 45569 is to be claimed. Related Items: 30165 30168 30171 30174 30177 Multiple Operation Rule The fees for two or more operations, listed in Group T8 (other than Subgroup 12 of that Group), performed on a patient on the one occasion (except as provided in paragraph T8.2.3) are calculated by the following rule:- - 100% for the item with the greatest Schedule fee plus 50% for the item with the next greatest Schedule fee plus 25% for each other item. Note: (a) Fees so calculated which result in a sum which is not a multiple of 5 cents are to be taken to the next higher multiple of 5 cents. (b) Where two or more operations performed on the one occasion have Schedule fees which are equal, one of these amounts shall be treated as being greater than the other or others of those amounts. (c) The Schedule fee for benefits purposes is the aggregate of the fees calculated in accordance with the above formula. (d) For these purposes the term "operation" only refers to all items in Group T8 (other than Subgroup 12 of that Group). This rule does not apply to an operation which is one of two or more operations performed under the one anaesthetic on the same patient if the medical practitioner who performed the operation did not also perform or assist at the other operation or any of the other operations, or administer the anaesthetic. In such cases the fees specified in the Schedule apply. Where two medical practitioners operate independently and either performs more than one operation, the method of assessment outlined above would apply in respect of the services performed by each medical practitioner. If the operation comprises a combination of procedures which are commonly performed together and for which a specific combined item is provided in the Schedule, it is regarded as the one item and service in applying the multiple operation rule. There are a number of items in the Schedule where the description indicates that the item applies only when rendered in association with another procedure. The Schedule fees for such items have therefore been determined on the basis that they would always be subject to the "multiple operation rule". Where the need arises for the patient to be returned to the operating theatre on the same day as the original procedure for further surgery due to post-operative complications, which would not be considered as normal aftercare - see paragraph T8.2, such procedures would generally not be subject to the "multiple operation rule". Accounts should be endorsed to the effect that they are separate procedures so that a separate benefit may be paid. Extended Medicare Safety Net Cap The Extended Medicare Safety Net (EMSN) benefit cap for items subject to the multiple operations rule, where all items in that claim are subject to a cap are calculated from the abated (reduced) schedule fee. For example, if an item has a Schedule fee of $100 and an EMSN benefit cap equal to 80 per cent of the schedule fee, the calculated EMSN benefit cap would be $80. However, if the schedule fee for the item is reduced by 50 per cent in accordance with the multiple operations rule provisions, and all items in that claim carry a cap, the calculated EMSN benefit cap for the item is $40 (50% of $100*80%). Related Items: 13506 30084 31539 31542 31545 34527 34528 34530 35518 35614 36851 37217 37339 41884 48660 48663 48666 48669 48672 48675 48684 48691 48692 48693 14/10/15 bandingtogether.com I met with Dr Hanh Nguyen at Sculpt Surgery today, along with his nurse Theresa, who I had met at my last consultation - she is so lovely, and I feel relaxed with her. I am a "good candidate" for the proposed procedures - circumfrential abdominoplasty and bilateral brachioplastys as I have little fat, but lots of skin! She will be getting back to me with updated costs - she is going to talk to the surgeon and they are going to try to bring it down due to my financial status. Then had my GP appt later, she doesn't want me to do anything until my weight loss has reversed and I start putting on some weight - she wants me back up to 45 kg (I had dropped to 42.5). Got some 'results' back from some recent 'tests' and have got a gut infection - no wonder I've had a problem with diarrhoea and loss of appetite lol!. She also wants me to re-visit the dietician, who I don't think will be able to offer me any advice than what I had discussed with her last time - ie ongoing weight loss and diarrhoea *sigh*. 15/10/15 jellybelly89 to me bandingtogether.com “Have your surgeons confirmed if you're still eligible for Medicare Denzel? There is so much conflicting information on what the new criteria is, have they given you anything?” 15/10/2015 me to jellybelly89 No, I looked it up on the Medicare site - the surgeon gave me the item numbers. Update: The nurse has just rung me with new, improved costs, having discussed it over with the surgeon and the anaesthetist. She confirmed that they have received an email from Medicare re rebate for abdominoplasty and the changes aren't expected to take place until the middle of next year. They have brought the cost for bilateral arm lift and circumferential abdominoplasty down to $13,000.00, and which I'll get a rebate of Fee: $691.75 Benefit: 75% = $518.85, so Medibank will pay approx. $172.00. And there will be $1,000.00 gap for the anaesthetist. Because I am having both bilateral arm lift and circumferential abdominoplasty it will be about a 7 hour op. 15/10/2015 leya22 to me bandingtogether.com “I remember Theresa from my days at Hollywood too, she is super lovely. . . . I hope you go ahead with Sculpt, they are a really fantastic team!” 15/10/2015 Oh wow leya22, thank you for the above feedback! Theresa is super lovely, she is so easy to be with that she feels like an old friend! Yes, I am going ahead with Sculpt, with Dr Nguyen operating, and Theresa being a support person. She even visits her clients in hospital post-op! I'll be operated on at Hollywood. Hope that the staff there are better than the ones at Murdoch. - ferkin' scary there. We are looking at November 27th that gives me time to get some stuff organised in my personal life ie sale/no sale of my house and that then impacts on me moving/not moving back to NZ, get over my gut infection, and put on a couple of kgs - GP is quite concerned about that and doesn't want me to have surgery until I do). 15/10/2015 leya22 to me bandingtogether.com “Hanh is a really great surgeon, his follow-up is fantastic, and as you mentioned Theresa will visit you on the ward post-op and change your dressing etc. they provide a really great service!! I worked on John Carroll ward at Hollywood, which is where you will most likely stay, there has been a few staff changes since I left but quite a few that are the same and they are a really great team of nurses, I actually really miss working there! I look forward to hearing of your progress with the surgery :-)” 16/10/2015 Me to QuirkyQuaintrelle gastricsleevesupport.com Honey, you aren't greedy! You'll be pleased to know that the changes in Medicare won't happen until the middle of next year - the nurse from where I have decided to go - "Sculpt Surgery" confirmed that. I met with Dr Hanh Nguyen at Sculpt Surgery on Wednesday, along with his nurse Theresa, who I had met at my last consultation - she is so lovely, and I feel relaxed with her. I am a "good candidate" for the proposed procedures - circumferential abdominoplasty and bilateral brachioplastys as I have little fat, but lots of skin! She got back to me with updated costs - she talked to the surgeon and they are going to try to bring it down due to my financial status. I also had that consult bulk billed. Then had my GP appt later, she doesn't want me to do anything until my weight loss has reversed and I start putting on some weight - she wants me back up to 45 kg (I had dropped to 42.5). Got some 'results' back from some recent 'tests' and have got a gut infection - no wonder I've had a problem with diarrhoea and loss of appetite lol!. She also wants me to re-visit the dietician, who I don't think will be able to offer me any advice than what I had discussed with her last time - ie ongoing weight loss and diarrhoea *sigh*. I am delaying having it done until 27th Nov, gives me time to sort out things here IN CASE my house sells, or not, which then impacts on me moving back to NZ. + to get my gut back on track, and put on a couple of healthy kgs. I have had some good feedback from another forum I am on re who I am going with, and the hospital where I will be operated at. "Hanh is a really great surgeon, his follow-up is fantastic, and as you mentioned Theresa will visit you on the ward post-op and change your dressing etc. they provide a really great service!! I worked on John Carroll ward at Hollywood, which is where you will most likely stay, there has been a few staff changes since I left but quite a few that are the same and they are a really great team of nurses, I actually really miss working there!" 16/10/2015 me to leya22 Thank you so much for this leya22, great to hear positive and reassuring things (I'm a nurse as well, so know the difference between good care and poor care). ‎16‎/‎10‎/‎2015‎ ‎4‎:‎29‎:‎02‎, kazbo said: “Now I've made the decision, I'm starting think that it'll be a great opportunity to get a few other things done (like my double chin lipo'ed and lifted and the stubborn fat on my soccer ball hips lipo'ed). I wonder how many people go through this "oh well seeing you are going to be working on me you may as well...[insert cosmetic items here]" 16/10/2015 Later I would like a thigh lift and breast (what is left lol - I used to have biggies, not anymore!) lift. Don't want an enhancement there, I would be happy just to have small perky ones! 'Cos I am little, with little fat, they are able to do my arms and circumferential abdominoplasty all in one go. Some bigger folk, they can't do the circumferential abdominoplasty in one op. 16/10/2015 Ohhhh, Sam Cunneen in West Perth is much cheaper, by about $6,500 . I'll keep my appt I had made with them for next Thurs. Mind you, I could always save a heap of dosh and do a "do-it-yourself" tummy tuck lol! 22/10/2015 I went to my 1st appt today with Sam Cunneen, was very impressed with him. Here I am having a 3D photo.
  7. Hey people, new here and looking to chat about peoples recent experiences with Dr Dolan. I am booked in for the first of May for surgery and am having mixed thoughts about it. Any advice?
  8. Hey there, Just curious if anyone else here is getting surgery this coming Friday with Dr Dolan...????
  9. My sister in NZ is 150 % supportive of me having VSG not only 'cos of the weight loss and my long struggle, but it may also have a really positive follow-on effect on my gut bacteria. This COULD result in helping recovery from my ME/CFS/Fibromyalgia! Wow! Here are some really interesting links: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4016120/ http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/808046 http://articles.latimes.com/2014/mar/28/science/la-sci-sn-obesity-surgery-gut-bacteria-20140328 I have emailed the info to Dr Watson (Perth) (I've just declicked BBCode Mode Icon and that let me paste!) Cheers!
  10. denzel

    MiniMizer Gastric Ring

    Hi folks, For those of you who have been sleeved in the last 12 months did you have the additional "MiniMizer Gastric Ring"? (or similar?) http://bariatricsolutions.com.au/project/gastric-ring/ And for those of you about to be, what are your thoughts and what have you decided? I have said yes, but I am in two minds about it. There was a previous post, in which Kazbo had asked some pretty good questions, so I asked my surgeon some of these questions (thank you Kazbo!). I'm not sleeved until 2nd Feb so still got some time to think it over...
  11. denzel

    Obese, but fit

    I've just walked 1km back from the shops, having done a circuitous route via the park to get there (had to buy dog bones for the houndies - Spud Shed In Kelmscott do nice ones). This was carrying 18 kg and walking two Greyhounds. Pre-coffee this am I checked my BP (using correct technique) and it was a pleasing 113/69. A massive improvement from earlier this year when I was still working 2/7 and had inadequately treated sleep apnoea, BP then went up to 163/83. I had to have a 24 hour BP monitor applied. Now I am feeling much better than a couple of months ago with a ME/CFS relapse, my appetite has diminished, and I find it easier to go low carb. My blood tests done recently were excellent: Cholesterol: 4.5 (<5.5) Triglyceride: 0.6 (<1.8) HDL Chol: 2.4 (1.1 - 3.5) Coronary Risk Ratio 1.9 (<3.5) LDL Chol: 1.8 (<3.5) S-Insulin 9 (<20) Glucose 5.4 (3.5-5.4) - I would like to get that down. Fasting So I guess, that's not bad for a 51 year old with chronic medical problems and who society looks down on and judges as 'fat' (along with all the connotations of that!). At this rate I could pass the pack hike test for fire-fighters! (done it before and passed). I didn't go for it this year as I knew that I wouldn't pass the medical due to the chronic medical problems. Anyway, I am no longer working there, so now just working casually in my original career.
  12. denzel

    I'm Joining the Club!

    Woo-hoo!! I am joining "The Sleevers". I had my appt. today at Murdoch with Dr Max Bowaters on behalf of Dr Stephen Watson, am going to do fasting blood tests tomorrow (can't see a problem with that), then appointment with the dietitian ("Diet by D'Zyne") Jan 14th, followed by a consultation with Mr Watson on Jan 23rd, then surgery Feb 2nd. I have asked to be put on cancellation lists, as I am keen to have it done sooner!.
  13. Amani

    Decided to do it

    HI Everyone, my first post here. I decided this afternoon to have banding done. I have been obsessively reading information all afternoon. I have had a few health worries lately, after being relatively healthy all my life. At 46, in the past 9 months I have hit 105kg (am five feet 10), so BMI around 33. My blood pressure went up to 150/something rather high .. an my cholesterol is borderline high. I was prescribed heart pills took the starter pack, went off them, tried to lose weight with diet and exercise - then came the week of the kids birthday parties (they were born 2 years and 4 days apart) - so the diet went to hell in a hand basket and I put 3 kilos on!!! Today I saw the optometrist and the pressure in my eyes is borderline high. That was the final straw as this could be a precursor for glaucoma. Ageing is not nice I have to stop kidding myself I can do this without help. I take a medication that increases appetite and I have a fourth meal around 10pm every night, bread, bread and more bread. Not big on the sweets or chips, and my diet is good, it's just way too much as I am always hungry. I have an appointment with my GP Thursday to get the blood pressure looked at again, and for a referral to a surgeon. I am in Perth, eastern suburb close to the city. I would really appreciate feedback on surgeons in Perth. I am thinking of Dr Kevin Dolan, who can make an appointment in four weeks and surgery four weeks after that, and Dr Steven Watson. I have good private health insurance and am hoping to come out of this under $3000 out of pocket, is that reasonable? I look forward to meeting you all online.
  14. Hi everyone, It's a bit of a surprise to me that I have been booked for a sleeve on 6th Feb, I really thought surgeon (Gordon Padovan @ Emerge in Perth) would have tried to encourage me to have the band but he has advised that sleeve is my best option (which I am happy with) I have so many questions there is a lot of info about banding but seems limited about sleeve. Has anyone here had Dr P do their sleeve?? Thanks in advance
  15. Hi everyone, I am contemplating lap banding in the new year after years battling with excess weight and have been recommended Dr Gordon Padovan at Emerge Surgical. Does anyone know if he requires a GP referral or if I can self refer? I have health insurance through Medibank Private although haven't contacted them yet to make sure I am covered. I would also be interested to hear of anyone who has had their banding done by him and your experience. Thanks Suz
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