The most popular form of bariatric surgery. This method involves removing around 85% of the stomach, resulting in greater average weight loss and fewer long-term complications compared to a gastric band.
Known as Laprascopic Adjustable Gastric Band (LAGB), this surgical method involves inserting an inflatable plastic ring around the top part of the stomach, causing feelings of fullness after a small amount of food.
The tightness of the band can be adjusted to make you feel more or less full by adding or removing saline liquid from the port that resides under the skin in your abdomen (see band adjustments below).
Also known as a one anastomosis gastric bypass (OAGP) or Omega Loop. This is a relatively new procedure which has fewer complications when compared to a full gastric bypass (Roux en Y) but with similar levels of weight loss. Because it bypasses a portion of the small intestine, there is on average more total weight loss, but also a greater risk of nutritional deficiency.
Dr. Woolven is available for gastric band adjustments at his clinics across Queensland and the Northern Territory
General Surgery Services
A hernia occurs when part of an organ or tissue bulges through the abdominal wall lining, causing symptoms such as pain and inflammation. This can be repaired through keyhole or open abdominal surgery.
Known as a laparoscopic
cholecystectomy, this procedure is preformed when gallstones build up in the gallbladder, causing repeated pain or inflammation.
Dr Gaurav Puri - Endocrinologist and Diabetes Specialist
Gaurav is the current Chair of Queensland Statewide Diabetes Clinical Network and Senior Staff Specialist & Endocrinologist at Cairns Hospital and Cairns Diabetes Centre.
Gaurav graduated in 2003 and has since worked in various health services including NHS and WA Health. He completed his endocrine training and obtained fellowship in Western Australia, and had worked in a specialist role at Royal Perth hospital prior to moving to Far North Queensland in the second half of 2016.
Gaurav specialises in general endocrine pathology including metabolic syndrome, diabetes mellitus, thyroid, pituitary, reproductive as well as neuroendocrine tumours. Obesity and metabolic syndrome is his special area of interest.
Referrals from GPs, Specialists and Nurse Practitioners can be kindly faxed to 07 4032 0605
Gardens Medical has a friendly GP service, with appointments available on Wednesday mornings. Bookings are essential.
Here at Gardens Medical we have an experienced on-site dietitian who specialises in weight management and supporting bariatric patients through their weight loss journey, helping to ensure long-term weight loss success.
Appointments to see Julian Ryan can be made by phoning reception.
Costs with a Care Plan (EPC):
$26 Face-to-face visit and patient of Dr. Ben Woolven
$66 Face-to-face visit and not a Gardens Medical patient
Costs without a Care Plan (EPC):
$80 Face-to-face visit and patient of Dr. Ben Woolven
$120 Face-to-face visit and not a Gardens Medical patient
ECG (electrocardiogram) tests are available on request through reception, and can typically be performed on the same day
Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology are available from 9:00am - 12:00pm most weekdays, however days vary, so be sure to phone reception beforehand to confirm availability.
Spirometry tests are used to measure lung function. This test is available on request through reception, and can typically be performed on the same day
Iron infusions are used to treat iron deficiency which can cause fatigue and lead to anaemia. Iron infusions are available in our clinic, and can usually be performed on the day. Please phone reception to arrange an appointment
Body Composition Analysis
Whether to track your progress at the gym, or your weight loss results,the Body Composition Analyser (Tanita MC-580) provides a range of useful measurements, including body fat, muscle mass, fat and muscle distribution, and visceral fat levels.
$0 During face-to-face consultation with dietitian
$29 One body scan
$119 Five body scans
$199 Ten body scans
Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS)
Through the application of low-current electrical impulses to targeted areas of the brain, tDCS may help reduce feelings of hunger. Talk to reception today if you would like to receive more information on tDCS.
Through our holistic approach towards health and availability of clinically annotated data we are approachable for real world clinical research and trials.