Noosa Hospital
Part of Ramsay Health Care

Bariatric Surgery (for weight loss)

Bariatric surgery, also commonly called weight loss and obesity surgery, helps patients permanently control their weight by diminishing hunger and meal size.

A range of weight loss operations are performed at Noosa Hospital. These include laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, laparoscopic gastric bypass and laparoscopic gastric banding.

Most bariatric surgery patients find that diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and sleep apnoea significantly improve or disappear after surgery.

We are committed to providing high quality, personalized care for patients who undergo bariatric surgery. Our experienced surgeons work closely with a multidisciplinary team and skilled nurses to deliver high quality care. An individual plan of management is developed for each patient’s hospital stay, including prior to admission, whilst in hospital and through to discharge.

The 2017-18 National Health Survey reported 67% of Australians adults aged 18 years or above were overweight or obese. The proportion of adults overweight or obese has increased by 4% in a 2-3year period (Reference ABS).

In accordance with the Australian and New Zealand Metabolic and Obesity Surgery Society (Reference National Obesity Strategy), bariatric surgery is currently recommended for patients with:

  • BMI of 30 with type 2 diabetes that is not controlled well with medications
  • BMI 35 or more with at least 1 obesity related medical condition
  • BMI of 40

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When should I speak with my Doctor about surgery?

Speak to your doctor about surgery if:

  • Your BMI is more than 30
  • You have problems linked to weight such as sleep apnoea, asthma, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, arthritis and type 2 diabetes
  • Your BMI or waist circumference is increasing in between GP visits
  • Your weight is limiting simple activities of daily living and quality of life

Calculate your BMI here

  • Find out your BMI and gain an understanding of what it means
  • Find out the health consequences
  • Get practical weight loss information


What benefits will surgery provide?

  • Significant weight loss, commonly 30 to 60kg
  • Contribute to increased self-confidence, mental and physical wellbeing
  • Improve diet, levels of physical activity and promote a healthier lifestyle

Bariatric surgery contributes to reduce

  • Premature death and obesity-related illness
  • Symptoms of obesity-related symptoms such as sleep apnoea, arthritis and diabetes
  • Cancer risk