The Mater Hospital –
Since 1906

Located in North Sydney for over 100 years, the Mater Hospital has developed a strong reputation as a leading private healthcare provider.

Home to some of Australia’s most well-known weight-loss surgeons, the Mater is a 233-bed hospital with patient wellbeing and comfort at its core.

As a facility of St Vincent’s Health Australia, the Mater delivers an outstanding standard of care for patients and the wider community.

The Mater Hospital

Understanding Obesity

Often people find it very easy to gain weight, and near impossible to lose it along with feelings of constant hunger.

This can be due to a range of factors including, but not limited to, genetics, diabetes or even an individual’s mental wellbeing.

In many cases, the most effective methods of treatment are surgical procedures.

Obesity

 

Our Available Treatments

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Gastric Sleeve

What is a Gastric Sleeve?
It is currently the most popular weight loss operation worldwide and involves removing approximately 80% of the stomach to limit the intake of food.

Is a Gastric Sleeve right for me?
It is a suitable treatment for those who struggle to control their weight despite diet and exercise along with a few other key criteria (age, medical conditions, etc.) We do suggest you speak with your doctor and book a consultation with one of our surgeons below to find the best option for you.

How much weight can I expect to lose?
Everybody is different. However, on average, for those that follow the post operative guidelines they can expect to lose 60-70% of excess body weight within 12 months.

What is the expected recovery time?
Recovery is noticeable in most patients within 2-3 days and by 2 weeks typically patients feel they have recovered enough to return to work.

Learn more - book a consultation.
The best way to find out if a Gastric Sleeve is right for you is by booking a consultation with one of our experienced bariatric surgeons. Begin by requesting a free quote below.

Gastric Bypass

What is a Gastric Bypass?
It is the weight loss procedure with the longest track record in treating obesity worldwide. In short, the stomach size is decreased, hormones are influenced along with the way your body absorbs food.

Is a Gastric Bypass right for me?
Typically to be considered for a Gastric Bypass, you will have a BMI of at least 40, or in instances where major health concerns are present, a BMI of 35. We do suggest you speak with your doctor and book a consultation with one of our surgeons below to find the best option for you.

How much weight can I expect to lose?
Everybody is different. However, on average, for those that follow the post operative guidelines they can expect to lose 60-80% of excess body weight within 12 months.

What is the expected recovery time?
Recovery is noticeable in most patients within 2-3 days and by 2 weeks typically patients feel they have recovered enough to return to work.

Learn more - book a consultation.
The best way to find out if a Gastric Bypass is right for you is by booking a consultation with one of our experienced bariatric surgeons. Begin by requesting a free quote below.

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Our Team

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Dr Charbel Sandroussi

Dr Charbel Sandroussi is an Associate Professor in Surgery at the University of Sydney and is also Head of the Department of General Surgery at the Mater and the Department of Hepatobiliary and Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Dr Sandroussi specialises in complex Upper Gastrointestinal, Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic cancer surgery, as well as Liver & Kidney Transplantation. Using advanced laparoscopic techniques, he also operates on conditions of the biliary system as well as hernia, gall bladder and obesity surgery. He also undertakes diagnostic and therapeutic Endoscopy and ERCP. He has extensive experience in all forms of primary and revisional bariatric procedures.

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Dr Charbel Sandroussi is an Associate Professor in Surgery at the University of Sydney and is also Head of the Department of General Surgery at the Mater and the Department of Hepatobiliary and Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Dr Sandroussi specialises in complex Upper Gastrointestinal, Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic cancer surgery, as well as Liver & Kidney Transplantation. Using advanced laparoscopic techniques, he also operates on conditions of the biliary system as well as hernia, gall bladder and obesity surgery. He also undertakes diagnostic and therapeutic Endoscopy and ERCP. He has extensive experience in all forms of primary and revisional bariatric procedures.

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Dr David Joseph

Dr David Joseph is a highly trained Laparoscopic and Hepatobiliary Surgeon specializing in benign and malignant conditions of the Upper Gastrointestinal Tract, including the Liver, Stomach, and Pancreas.

Dr Joseph is the Director of BodyFree Weight Loss Clinic, which offers an all-inclusive weight loss surgery program. This program includes dietician and follow up appointments for 2 years following surgery.

Dr Joseph has provided a comprehensive service for Bariatric patients for the last 10 years, and performs laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, laparoscopic gastric bypass (roux and single loop) surgery, and complex revision bariatric surgery for the management of obesity problems.

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Dr David Joseph is a highly trained Laparoscopic and Hepatobiliary Surgeon specializing in benign and malignant conditions of the Upper Gastrointestinal Tract, including the Liver, Stomach, and Pancreas.

Dr Joseph is the Director of BodyFree Weight Loss Clinic, which offers an all-inclusive weight loss surgery program. This program includes dietician and follow up appointments for 2 years following surgery.

Dr Joseph has provided a comprehensive service for Bariatric patients for the last 10 years, and performs laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, laparoscopic gastric bypass (roux and single loop) surgery, and complex revision bariatric surgery for the management of obesity problems.

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Dr Garett Smith

Dr Smith is a General Surgeon, specialising in Upper Gastrointestinal and Bariatric (weight loss) surgery.

Dr Smith has been in practice at ‘Shore Surgical’ for ten years. During that time he has established a well-respected oesophagogastric surgery unit. Dr Smith has an experienced team to assist in their treatment of patients undergoing weight loss surgery, surgery for oesophagogastric cancer, and surgery for other upper gastrointestinal and general surgical diseases.

Dr Smith is past Chairman of the Sydney Upper Gastrointestinal Surgical Society, and founding Secretary of the Australia and New Zealand Gastro-Oesophageal Surgeons Society.

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Dr Smith is a General Surgeon, specialising in Upper Gastrointestinal and Bariatric (weight loss) surgery.

Dr Smith has been in practice at ‘Shore Surgical’ for ten years. During that time he has established a well-respected oesophagogastric surgery unit. Dr Smith has an experienced team to assist in their treatment of patients undergoing weight loss surgery, surgery for oesophagogastric cancer, and surgery for other upper gastrointestinal and general surgical diseases.

Dr Smith is past Chairman of the Sydney Upper Gastrointestinal Surgical Society, and founding Secretary of the Australia and New Zealand Gastro-Oesophageal Surgeons Society.

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Dr Craig Taylor

Dr Taylor is a specialist in Bariatric (weight-loss) and Laparoscopic gastrointestinal surgery and has performed more than 6,000 weight loss procedures since 2004.

As well as extensive training in the technical aspects of obesity surgery, Dr Taylor has a strong focus on multidisciplinary patient care before and after surgery to achieve maximum results.

Dr Taylor is the Director of OClinic, a team of expert weight loss dietitians, bariatric physicians and psychologists who collaborate in all aspects of a patient’s weight loss journey through their two year OClinic program. In addition, OClinic has partnered with Fresh Start to provide patients with on-line coaching and support to help every patient achieve their potential.

Dr Taylor is a member of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Australian and New Zealand Metabolic and Obesity Surgical Society, Australian and New Zealand Gastro-Oesophageal Surgery Association, International Federation of Surgery for Obesity, and Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons.

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Dr Taylor is a specialist in Bariatric (weight-loss) and Laparoscopic gastrointestinal surgery and has performed more than 6,000 weight loss procedures since 2004.

As well as extensive training in the technical aspects of obesity surgery, Dr Taylor has a strong focus on multidisciplinary patient care before and after surgery to achieve maximum results.

Dr Taylor is the Director of OClinic, a team of expert weight loss dietitians, bariatric physicians and psychologists who collaborate in all aspects of a patient’s weight loss journey through their two year OClinic program. In addition, OClinic has partnered with Fresh Start to provide patients with on-line coaching and support to help every patient achieve their potential.

Dr Taylor is a member of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Australian and New Zealand Metabolic and Obesity Surgical Society, Australian and New Zealand Gastro-Oesophageal Surgery Association, International Federation of Surgery for Obesity, and Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons.

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Dr David Yeo

Dr David Yeo is an Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon based in Sydney, NSW. Dr Yeo specialises in hepatobiliary surgery, transplant and bariatric surgery. He has broad special interests and expertise in cancerous and non- cancerous conditions including liver tumours, biliary/gallbladder and pancreatic tumours. He also offers a full range of surgical treatments including laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery for gallstones, hernias, and bariatric/obesity surgery as well as endoscopy and ERCPs.

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Dr David Yeo is an Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon based in Sydney, NSW. Dr Yeo specialises in hepatobiliary surgery, transplant and bariatric surgery. He has broad special interests and expertise in cancerous and non- cancerous conditions including liver tumours, biliary/gallbladder and pancreatic tumours. He also offers a full range of surgical treatments including laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery for gallstones, hernias, and bariatric/obesity surgery as well as endoscopy and ERCPs.

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Dr Michael Crawford

Dr Michael Crawford is a General Surgeon specialising in Hepatobiliary and Upper Gastro-Intestinal Surgery in Sydney. Dr Crawford has special expertise in Laparoscopic (Minimally Invasive Surgery) and HepatoPancreaticoBiliary (Liver, Pancreas and Bile Duct) Surgery. Minimally invasive surgery means "Less Pain" and "Faster Recovery".

Dr Crawford has substantial experience and expertise in Obesity Surgery. He began with gastric band surgery, but his main operation has been Sleeve Gastrectomy since 2012. Some patients are better with or prefer Gastric Bypass surgery, each procedure is tailored to the patient and their particular needs.

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Dr Michael Crawford is a General Surgeon specialising in Hepatobiliary and Upper Gastro-Intestinal Surgery in Sydney. Dr Crawford has special expertise in Laparoscopic (Minimally Invasive Surgery) and HepatoPancreaticoBiliary (Liver, Pancreas and Bile Duct) Surgery. Minimally invasive surgery means "Less Pain" and "Faster Recovery".

Dr Crawford has substantial experience and expertise in Obesity Surgery. He began with gastric band surgery, but his main operation has been Sleeve Gastrectomy since 2012. Some patients are better with or prefer Gastric Bypass surgery, each procedure is tailored to the patient and their particular needs.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to have health insurance or can I pay out of my own pocket?

You can self fund your sugery using your own savings/credit or you can even consider applying for superannuation release to cover the costs of your sugery.

I am not from Sydney, am I still eligible to have surgery at the Mater Hospital?

Yes. We accept patients from across Australia and can suggest some convenient accomodation options for any loved ones that opt to travel with you.

How many nights will I need to stay in hospital?

Every patient’s needs vary from one to the other however typically patients will need to stay for 1-2 nights.

What will I need to do following the surgery to ensure it is successful?

Following surgery, your surgeon will connect you with a team of specialists (e.g. dieticians, psychologists) to assist you in building a plan for the future. This plan will include some necessary lifestyle changes to ensure the results of weight loss surgery are maintained. You can also expect to have regular follow ups for the first year or two to monitor your progress.

Do I need a GP referral?

You typically will need to get a referral from your GP before you attend your specialist consultation, in some cases this is not required. However, in order to receive a rebate from Medicare you will need to get a referral.