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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Gastric sleeve

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    What is the BMI requirement for gastric sleeve and the cost for having super funded gastric sleeve?
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    Mr Ramez Bassari

    Bariatric (Obesity) Surgeon, General Surgeon, Laparoscopic Surgeon, Upper GI Surgeon (Abdominal)

    Mr Ramez Bassari is a specialist surgeon in the fields of Bariatric (Obesity/Weight Loss), Upper Gastrointestinal (reflux, stomach, oesophagus), Laparoscopic and General Surgery - including … View Profile


    Minimum BMI requirements are 40, or 35 if you have weight related comorbidities.

    Out of pocket costs vary between practices and the "program" offered, and whether you have private health insurance that covers bariatric surgery.

    Kind regards

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    Dr Jason Wong

    Bariatric (Obesity) Surgeon, General Surgeon, Laparoscopic Surgeon, Upper GI Surgeon (Abdominal)

    Jason Wong is a skilled Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgeon with expertise in sleeve and gastric bypass surgery, gallbladder, hernia, endoscopic pilonidal, antireflux and emergency general … View Profile

    As my colleague Dr Bassari mentioned above, traditional bariatric surgery BMI requires are over 35 with weight-related comorbidities or BMi over 40 with or without comorbidities.

    However, there are many cases were having a BMI less than 35 may still render you a candidate for bariatric surgery. For example - poorly controled Type 2 Diabetes - bariatric surgery is a reasonable option for an Asian patient in this category with a BMI over 28.  There are other situations where you may also benefit from bariatric surgery with a BMI lower than 35, and these can only be assessed on a case-by-case basis by a bariatric surgeon.

    To be eligible for early release of super annuation funds - you would need to fulfil traditional bariatric criteria, or have other poorly controlled weight-related comorbidities with a lower BMI to be able to satisfy early release of super criteria.

    I hope this information helps you.

    Dr Jason Wong

    Weight & Metabolic Solutions Australia

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