Consultation with Mr. Gounder (within 2 weeks)
Whether your general practitioner/friend/family referred you to Mr. Siva Gounder or found the Perth Weight Loss & Surgery clinic on your own, the first step in your weight loss surgery is having a chat with leading bariatric surgeon Mr. Gounder.
Simply contact our administration team and inform them that you would like to book an appointment for an initial consultation for weight loss surgery or go online to our website to book an appointment.
In the initial consultation either in person or via Telehealth, Mr. Siva Gounder will discuss your medical history and your reasons for exploring bariatric surgery as a weight loss option, and your goals.
You will have the opportunity to ask any initial questions, and Mr. Siva Gounder will inform you whether you are considered eligible for weight loss surgery.
If so, Mr. Gounder will move forward by exploring various surgery options that might be suitable for you. If you and the surgeon come into agreement on the correct operation for you then an operation date will be tentatively booked for you and relevant investigations ( blood tests/ scans/ endoscopy) will be organised.
Detailed Discussion of Your Surgery
It is essential that our patients feel they can make an informed decision when it comes to weight loss surgery. The second phase of the patient journey is all about consolidating all the information provided in the first appointment as well as going in depth about your planned surgery.
A further clinical assessment is made based on the investigations organised on prior visit. The clinical assessment will help our team investigate whether you are a good candidate for weight loss surgery, both psychologically and physically.
Therefore, it will involve interviews to discuss your motivation behind your weight loss, your current eating habits, your experience with weight gain and loss, and if you have the necessary support system in place to help you after surgery.
Confirm your Surgery Options and Allied Health Consultation
Depending on the outcome of the clinical assessment, Mr. Gounder will recommend which weight loss surgery you should definitively go for.
Perth Weight Loss and Surgery clinic perform the following bariatric surgeries:
- Lap Band Surgery
- Gastric Bypass Surgery
- Gastric Sleeve Surgery
- SADI-S/SIPS Surgery
- SASI-S Surgery
- Revisional Conversion Surgery (For those that have undergone bariatric surgery in the past.)
Within this phase, you and Mr. Gounder will have several conversations to ensure you understand how weight loss surgery works, what takes place during surgery, and what is required from you post-surgery to ensure you see the results you want.
You will have the opportunity to ask questions, and our team will confirm that you have all the information you need to give informed consent.
At this stage you will meet the dietitians who are crucial to take you through all the relevant information on the diet you need to adhere to before and after surgery. This will be tailored to your usual diet and cultural preferences as well as the requirements of the particular surgery you are about to undergo.
You will have an opportunity to meet our psychologists if you feel you need more help to be mentally prepared to take the next step.
Undergo Surgery (Within 4 – 8 Weeks)
Follow the pre-surgery instructions at home, and study the post-operative guidelines. By this stage, you will be well informed as to what to expect during the surgery and afterward. However, feel free to ask any further questions at any point if needed.
Follow the instructions of the hospital staff on your admission to the hospital. Mr. Siva Gounder will be there to chat with you before the operation and he will perform your bariatric surgery.
When you wake up from the surgery and the anesthesia has worn off, Mr. Gounder will check in to monitor how you feel. The length of your stay in the hospital will depend on your individual needs. However, most stay for an average of 1-2 days. The hospital staff will be there to support you, and Mr. Siva Gounder will check on you after surgery to ensure you are safe to go home.
Mr. Siva Gounder currently operates at Hollywood Private Hospital, located in Nedlands as well as SJG Midland Private Hospital in Western Australia.
Recovery and Aftercare Support from the Perth Weight Loss Team
You will need a support system to help you return home from the hospital and may need to take 2-4 weeks off work, depending on your job and the type of surgery.
Perth Weight Loss will provide you with all the resources you need to ensure that you see the weight loss results you want. This will include guidance pertaining to diet, nutrition, exercise, vitamin supplements, and psychological support.
However, at the end of the day, it is up to you to stick to the instructions given to you and make the lifestyle change required to make the surgery work for you. Having a strong support system is of huge help in this phase. Ask the Perth Weight Loss team about access to private surgical weight loss forums, personal trainers, and nutritionists that we can connect you with.
We aim to help you meet your weight loss goals safely while feeling supported and confident.
For any further information regarding the patient journey, please do not hesitate to contact us.