Supporting patient needs during their weight-loss journey

As one of Sydney’s premier private hospitals, we support our patient’s needs during their weight loss journey.

St Vincent’s Private Hospital Fitzroy

Welcome to excellence in private hospital care where our experienced team of clinical professionals, care givers and support staff are equipped to provide the highest level of therapeutic, medical and surgical services. We work together to ensure your safety, well-being and recovery.

St Vincent's Private Hospital, Fitzroy

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.

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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Mr Michael Hii
Michael Hii is an Oesophago Gastric, Bariatric and Metabolic surgeon at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. He attended Melbourne University and co ...
Michael Hii is an Oesophago Gastric, Bariatric and Metabolic surgeon at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. He attended Melbourne University and completed surgical training in Melbourne and Brisbane, Australia. He is a high-volume clinical surgeon and is passionate about improving the patient experience, system efficiency and individual surgical outcomes.
 
Michael is an active clinical researcher. Areas of research interest include improving pre-operative patient selection and optimisation of patients prior to major surgery and novel measures for improving post-surgical outcomes. He is the chair of the St Vincent’s Hospital Upper GI and HPB research group and a Clinical Senior Lecturer with the University of Melbourne.
 
In addition to his clinical workload and research interests Michael is heavily involved in surgical education. He lectures medical students through the St Vincent’s Hospital Medical School, he is the training hub supervisor for Pre-SET surgical training and also the supervisor of the Upper GI/ Bariatric post fellowship surgical program.
A/Prof Peter Nottle

Associate Prof Peter Nottle is a general surgeon who performs weight loss surgery and other upper GI surgeries.

A/Prof Nottle’s maj ...

Associate Prof Peter Nottle is a general surgeon who performs weight loss surgery and other upper GI surgeries.

A/Prof Nottle’s major areas of interest are bariatric (weight loss) surgery, upper GI cancers, hiatus hernia and anti-reflux surgery. He has been performing weight loss surgery for more than 30 years and providing laparoscopic (keyhole) gastric bands for past 15 years as well as a full range of other weight loss procedures.

He is one of Australia's pioneers in keyhole surgery, having introduced the French technique of laparoscopic cholecystectomy at The Alfred hospital in the early 1990s.

Mr Matthew David Read

Mr Matthew Read is a general and upper gastrointestinal surgeon with a special interest in minimally-invasive surgery.

After completing h ...

Mr Matthew Read is a general and upper gastrointestinal surgeon with a special interest in minimally-invasive surgery.

After completing his general surgical fellowship in 2016, Dr Read was accepted by the Australian and New Zealand Gastro Oesophageal Surgery Association for subspecialty training in the field of upper gastrointestinal surgery. This was undertaken at both St Vincent's and the Alfred Hospitals in Melbourne. Following this, Matthew undertook a surgical oncology fellowship with a special focus on robot-assisted surgery at the University Medical Center in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

Matthew has also recently completed a PhD through the University of Melbourne and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, which focused on the development of preclinical models to better understand oesophageal cancer and its precursor, Barrett’s oesophagus. This work has led to numerous publications, awards and international collaborations. Most recently, Matthew was awarded the senior lecturer fellowship from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

Dr Salena Ward
Dr Salena Ward is an oesophago-gastric, bariatric (weight loss) and general surgeon consulting at St Vincent’s Private Hospitals. She performs g ...
Dr Salena Ward is an oesophago-gastric, bariatric (weight loss) and general surgeon consulting at St Vincent’s Private Hospitals. She performs general abdominal operations but has had specialised training and experience with stomach and oesophagus surgery.

Dr Ward has a special interest in the investigation and treatment of patients with cancer of the stomach and oesophagus. She performs gastroscopy, resection of oesophagus, resection of stomach, hernia repair, spleen removal, gall bladder removal, weight loss surgery and anti-reflux surgery.

Salena graduated from the University of Melbourne and attained a post-graduate diploma in surgical anatomy from the same university. Her upper gastrointestinal surgical training was conducted at Box Hill Hospital and she received international training in the UK for oesophago-gastric surgery. In 2013 she received the higher degree of Master of Surgery from Monash University regarding the role of enzyme supplementation following oesophagectomy and gastrectomy.

Salena is involved in teaching as well as being is actively involved in surgical research.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.
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.
Every patient’s needs vary from one to the other however typically patients will need to stay for 1-2 nights.
Yes. We accept patients from across Australia and can suggest some convenient accomodation options for any loved ones that opt to travel with you.
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.