Perth Obesity Surgery WA

Bariatric Surgery 
Costs

About this guideline

When you consider weight loss surgery, you will expect to get clarity about the financial aspect of your treatment journey. To help you, we have compiled this guideline page and we recommend using it as a starting point to get an idea. To obtain an accurate overview of the rebates that will apply in your particular situation, we recommend you speak to your health fund. For some of your appointments, and in case you have reached your Medicare safety net threshold, you may be entitled to a higher rebate. Mr Chandraratna does not participate in any 'gap schemes' with private insurance companies, with the exception of endoscopy and colonoscopy procedures. You will need a current referral for your appointment with Obesity Surgery WA, in order to claim a rebate.

Pre-surgical medical/clinical fees

Pre-surgical medical/clinical fees

Initial consultation

Referral required; otherwise no rebate payable

Fee: $ 160.00

Rebate: $ 76.15

Initial dietitian

Fee: $ 155

Rebate variable dependent

on any private health fund or EPC plan rebate

Initial bariatric physician

Fee: $ 250

Rebate: $ 110.50 medicare

Initial specialist physician

Fee: $ 350

Rebate: $ 234.85 medicare

Initial exercise therapist

Incl. InBody Bodyscan

Fee: $ 50

No rebate

Initial appt. pre-op bariatric nurse coordinator

Fee: $ 0

Surgical costs

Surgical costs

Operation

Item number

Insured out-of-pocket cost

Uninsured

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy (primary)

31575

$ 4,000

$ 4,000

Revisional Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy (complex)

31575

$ 5,500

$ 5,500

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy + Minimizer Ring*

31575

$ 4,000

$ 4,000 + $ 2,600* (MR*) = $ 6,600

Gastric Bypass Omega Loop/Roux-en-Y/SADI

31572/31581

$ 5,500

$ 5,500

Surgical assisstant

51303/51300

$ 500

$ 500

BAC Bariatric Aftercare

$ 450

$ 450

* Minimizer Ring billed by the hospital, not the practice

Bariatric After Care Program (BAC): $ 450

Payable as a lump sum with your OOP (out-of-pocket) surgical fee prior to surgery. The BAC includes the following services over a 12 month period:

Bariatric After Care program: $ 450

2-week appt. with

Bariatric post-op nurse

No charge

2-week appt. with

Dietitian

variable rebate

2-week appt. with

Exercise therapist

no rebate

6-week appt. with

Bariatric post-op nurse

no charge

6-week appt. with

Dietitian

variable rebate

6-week appt. with

Exercise therapist

no rebate

10-week post-op review with

surgeon

no charge

6-month review with

Bariatric physician

Medicare rebate

[12 month review with bariatric physician fee payable on the day of consultation as per table below]
Any aditional appointments for the same cycle of care would be at the following costs:

Additional appointments for the same cycle of care

Surgeon subsequent consult

$ 80.00

$ 38.25 medicare rebate

Bariatric physician

$ 130.00

$ 75.05 medicare rebate

Specialist physician

$ 170.00

$ 117.60 medicare rebate

Dietitian

$ 90.00

rebate

Exercise therapist

$ 50.00

About Obesity Surgery WA: Our 6 commitments

Taking surgery seriously

We know that entering into an operation is a big deal and we are very serious in getting the best outcome for you. We practice what is considered to be a world class standard. Our staff regularly attend national and international conferences and bring back what is the latest research and technology.

Running on time

Our Surgeons and all of our staff try their best to run on time. Although it's not always possible, our commitment is that we do our best. Your time is valuable and we respect that.

Readily available

Our surgeons (or at least one of them) are always available in a crisis. Some of them may provide you with a direct contact, but all are available through the hospital switchboard and happy to chat any time if there is a crisis.

An obsessive attention to detail

We do our best to not miss anything. Every stitch, every staple and every clip is applied to exactly where it needs to be with the greatest care possible.

Commitment to performing the best operation possible

Not all operations are the same and there a few extras that we do to make things better. We know that our results are better with the minimiser ring so we offer it to everyone. We know that reflux can be an issue so we try to tighten every oesophageal hiatus to make reflux control as good as possibly can be.

A commitment to new technologies

  • We have brought in STRETTA into Western Australia, which we believe will revolutionise reflux management. (Have a look at the Stretta page for more information).

  • SJOG Murdoch has just purchased a new DaVinci robot and we believe that this will allow us to do operations with keyhole surgery that previously needed a major laparotomy incision. Lynx is on the horizon and promises to also help manage reflux, we hope to have access to this in early 2020.

Meet our team

Dr. Harsha Chandraratna

Dr. Harsha Chandraratna

Consultant Surgeon
MBBS FRACS

Harsha was made a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2001. He undertook post fellowship training in Perth and then in Leeds (UK) in Liver and Kidney Transplantation as well as Bariatric Surgery. He understands that there is more to surgery than just technical skills and hopefully that will become apparent to you when you meet him.
Dr. Bill Gong

Dr. Bill Gong

General and Laparoscopic Surgeon
MBBS FRACS

Bill Gong is a specialist General Surgeon. He completed his training at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne and obtained his Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2014. In 2016, Dr Gong commenced private practice at St. John of God Hospital, joining Associate Professor Harsha Chandraratna.