Weight Loss Surgery Conference

This October, Invercargill will be hosting the 5th Weight Loss Surgery NZ Trust National Conference.  The conference runs from October 31st to November 2nd and will be held at the Kelvin Hotel.  Highlights will include patient testimonies, a clothing swap, discussions on weight maintenance and re-gain, and looking at postoperative effects on relationships. To find out more visit www.weightlosssurgery.org.nz or download a flyer.  

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Agreed prices for bariatric surgery in Dunedin and Invercargill

I am pleased to announce that ABLE Ltd now has agreed pricing contracts in place for Mercy Hospital in Dunedin and Southern Cross Hospital in Invercargill.  These contracts mean that people are able to know in advance how much their surgery is going to cost and what is included.  In general we have structured our costs to include follow-up for two years following surgery, with the surgeon and dietitian. Prices and inclusions vary slightly according to which operation you choose and where you choose to have the surgery.  To find out more...

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Unimed insurance now partially covering weight loss surgery

I was very pleased to hear that Unimed health insurance has recently introduced partial coverage for bariatric surgery. Details vary according to individual policies and there are specific requirements that need to be met, but if you have Unimed insurance and are interested in bariatric surgery, then give them a call to see if you qualify.   While insurance coverage for bariatric surgery in New Zealand still lags behind other countries such as Australia and the USA, this is an important step forward.  Offering insurance coverage...

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Bariatric Surgery, Fertility and Contraception

I had the privilege last week on being asked to talk at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology conference in Queenstown.  The subject was pregnancy and fertility after bariatric surgery; which is very topical given the numbers of women who undergo bariatric surgery, and the questions they have on their ability to have children.  I will summarise the important parts of the talk below, and in the next blog post. So what effect does weight loss surgery have on women’s fertility? Firstly, we know that...

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Waimumu Southern Field Days

Wanting to know more about weight loss surgery? If there are questions you have always wanted to ask, or you are interested in finding out more about weight loss surgery visit the Southern Cross stand at the Waimumu Southern Field Days.  The staff at Southern Cross Hospital, Invercargill, will be giving out information on their services, including gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy surgery.  

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Bariatric surgery information added

I have just added a lot of new information to the web site about bariatric surgery options.  To learn more about gastric bypass, gastric sleeve or gastric bands please click on the links.

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