The journey through weight loss surgery

You have decided you would like to have weight loss surgery. What comes next!?


Step 1 - GP Referral.

The first step is to speak to your GP. They will be able to refer you to surgeon Dr. Ben Woolven for a specialist appointment.


Referrals can be received via:

1. Medical Objects

2. Fax (07-4032-0605)

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Step 2 - Consultation with Surgeon.

Upon receiving the referral, our friendly reception staff will call to arrange an appointment to meet Dr. Woolven (either in person or via video link). During the consultation, Dr. Woolven will discuss the weight loss options available and what to expect after surgery. You will also receive a comprehensive check-up to determine your general health, nutrition status, and liver function. 

Step 3 - Pre-Surgical Weight Loss.

If you and Dr. Woolven are happy to proceed with surgery, you will be placed on a very low calorie diet (VLCD) typically for 2-6 weeks, to reduce the amount of visceral fat around your abdomen and liver. It is recommended that you consult with the on-site dietitian, who can assist you during this period

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Step 4 - Hospital Admission.

On the day of surgery, you will arrive at hospital approximately 2 hours before your surgery is scheduled. The surgery itself typically takes 90 minutes. You can expect to be in hospital for 1-2 nights. Meals will be provided which consist of clear liquids such as clear soups, apple juice, black tea and coffee. 

Step 5 - Initial Monitoring & Diet Transition.

Once home from hospital you will begin a 'full fluid' diet, until day 14 after your surgery.


You will also need to have access to a Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology clinic, as a blood test is required every second day for the first 2 weeks to monitor for any side-effects from surgery.

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Step 6 - On-going Support.

A modified diet continues for the first 6 weeks after surgery, before returning back to a normal, healthy food intake.

Blood tests will be taken at the 2 month, 6 month, and 12 month marks to monitor your nutrition and health (annual blood tests are recommended via your GP beyond this point).


You will receive on-going personal support from Dr. Woolven for 12 months after surgery to ensure optimal weight loss success.