At The Sunnybank Obesity Centre we have developed a process both before & after surgery to help individuals achieve success & ensure they are optimally prepared for surgery.

The following diagram helps to highlight some of these processes and our team will run over the process in more detail in person.

Specialist Assessment

Specialist assessment starts with a visit to Professor Memon in his consulting rooms.

  • Professor Memon will require a letter from your GP outlining your past medical history which usually includes, medications, conditions and any previous surgeries
  • On your first visit to the practice you will have a body composition analysis undertaken – this is a very important starting point – “the line in the sand as it were”.
  • Professor Memon will have a lengthy discussion with you regarding your weight loss experience to date, your weight loss goals and your understanding of weight loss procedures and answer your questions
  • Professor Memon will arrange an array of blood tests and any other investigations he thinks you may require before considering any weight loss procedure

Dietician/Excercise Physiologist/Psychologist

  • As we use a multidisciplinary approach to weight loss, Professor Memon will advise you to have a consult with a psychologist, dietician and exercise physiologist all of which will assist you in your weight loss goals.
  • You will see our registered nurse also at your first appointment

Pre-op Preparation

2nd appointment with Prof Memon

  • Once you have had the blood tests done and you have visited with the dietician, exercise physiologist and the psychologist, you will have another appointment with Professor Memon. During this appointment he will review with you the results of the blood tests, dietician report, psychology report and exercise physiology report. If all of these are favourable then Prof Memon will discuss your procedure options. If the decision is made to move forward with a procedure, then he will advise which procedure is the most suitable for you lay out the pros and cons. It is important that you are well informed prior to making any decision regarding surgery for weight loss; as no surgical procedure is without risk. Everything is done to minimise the risk but there is still risk.
  • Your consent is needed for Prof Memon to do the procedure and this involves also completing hospital consent forms and other paperwork. Remember we are not here to pressurise you. We inform and advise; but ultimately you decide.
  • Once you have made your decision to proceed with the procedure you will have an education session with our registered nurse. This generally happens on the same day as you sign your hospital paperwork.
  • Our nurse will advise you regarding pre and postoperative care. Verbal and written instructions regarding pre and post op care will be given to you during this meeting with the nurse and any questions you may have will be answered.
  • For gastric band patients, a very low calorie diet is recommended. Prof Memon will discuss this with you at your appointment.

Procedure

Prof Memon will advise you as to which procedure is suitable for you. This decision is made based on several factors such as your current weight and Body Mass Index (BMI) ; your current health status and any medical conditions you may have.

Intragastric Balloon (Orbera)

Gastric Band

Post Procedure and Ongoing Care

Gastric Banding

  • Overnight stay in hospital
  • Post op dietary protocol
  • Written materials to support programme
  • Follow-up call from the nurse at home within 48 hours of discharge
  • 24/7 access to Prof Memon (or his replacement if he is away)
  • Visit with the nurse in 10 days to have your surgical staples removed
  • Visit with the dietician and psychologist recommended
  • Post-operative visit with Prof Memon ( arranged on Prof’s instructions)
  • Visit with Neurofeedback Practitioner if suitable (help break old habits)
  • First fill in your band with Prof Memon or Dr Bruce between 6 and 8 weeks
  • Monthly visits (or more frequent if needed) with Dr Bruce or Prof Memon
  • Exercise plan
  • Body composition analysis every visit
  • Phone support and troubleshooting when needed
  • Drop in for chat and to share success
  • Lifelong support and follow-up

Intragastric Balloon

  • Day procedure usually
  • Post op dietary protocol
  • Post op medication
  • Written materials to support programme
  • Follow-up call from the nurse at home within 48 hours of discharge
  • 24/7 access to Prof Memon (or his replacement if he is away)
  • Post-operative visit with Prof Memon ( arranged on Prof’s instructions) – usually 2 weeks or sooner if necessary
  • Monthly visit with Prof Memon
  • Visit with dietician and psychologist recommended
  • Visit with Neurofeedback Practitioner if suitable (help break old habits)
  • Exercise plan
  • Body composition analysis every visit
  • Phone support and troubleshooting when needed
  • Drop in for chat and to share success
  • Balloon removed in 6 months
  • Monthly visits if required to monitor weight maintenance