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 Northside

Located in Chermside, St Vincent’s Private Hospital Northside is known for its comprehensive and exceptional patient centred care necessary to meet the demands of an acute tertiary hospital. 

Recognised as a leading provider of bariatric and metabolic services our renowned surgeons, nurses, dieticians, psychologists, endocrinologist and allied health professionals work collaboratively to deliver the best clinical outcomes for managing obesity and related medical issues.  

As a facility of St Vincent’s Health Australia, we pride ourselves on our commitment to delivering high quality care with patient wellbeing and comfort at our core.

St Vincent's Private Hospital, Northside

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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Dr Kevin Chan
Dr Chan trained and worked as a pharmacist prior to completing his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Queensland in 200 ...
Dr Chan trained and worked as a pharmacist prior to completing his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Queensland in 2008. He gained his FRACS (General Surgery) in 2015 before undergoing further fellowship training in Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery through the highly competitive Australian and New Zealand Gastric and Oesophageal Surgery Association (ANZGOSA) post-fellowship training program.

His fellowship posts included St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney and Concord Repatriation General Hospital Sydney, where he gained extensive experience in advanced upper gastrointestinal and bariatric surgery.

Dr Chan’s special interests include reflux disease, upper gastrointestinal oncology and bariatric surgery. He is a member of ANZGOSA, ANZMOSS and GSA and continues to keep abreast with developments in upper gastrointestinal and bariatric surgery by attending local and international conferences. 
Dr Robert Finch

Most of Dr Finch's general surgical practice is in the field of bariatric and upper gastrointestinal procedures. He is a consultant surgeon at ...

Most of Dr Finch's general surgical practice is in the field of bariatric and upper gastrointestinal procedures. He is a consultant surgeon at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. Dr Finch has a commitment to the highest standards of clinical surgery, including the technical aspects of surgery, pre-operative planning and post-operative care.

Dr Finch is also an advanced laparoscopic surgeon and actively participates in general on call and acute surgery. His surgical repertoire includes benign and malignant disease, and all malignant conditions are approached in a multidisciplinary way, with involvement of other specialists such as oncologists where this is required.

He is a regular participant and speaker at national and international meetings and is a member of the Australian and New Zealand sub specialty societies for upper gastrointestinal surgery. He is chairman of the morbidity and mortality committee and a clinical supervisor at the RBWH. He has a university appointment at the University of Queensland as a clinical lecturer in surgery and is actively involved in teaching medical students, junior doctors and surgical trainees.

Dr George Hopkins

Most of Dr Hopkins' general surgical practice is in the field of bariatric and revisional bariatric procedures. He is in private practice at th ...

Most of Dr Hopkins' general surgical practice is in the field of bariatric and revisional bariatric procedures. He is in private practice at the Chermside Medical Complex and a Public Consultant at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

In the last two decades, Dr Hopkins has been a leading exponent of new and emerging bariatric procedures and techniques. He has published a number of articles in both local and international peer reviewed journals, and presented at multiple meetings throughout Australia.

Dr Hopkins has memberships with the following institutions: Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons; Australian & New Zealand Metabolic and Obesity Surgery Society (ANZMOSS); International Hepatopancreatobiliary Association; and Australian Hepatopancreatobiliary Association. Dr Hopkins is a past president of the Australian & New Zealand Metabolic and Obesity Surgery Society (ANZMOSS).

Dr David Mitchell

Dr Mitchell completed his medical degree at the University of Queensland in 2007 and gained his FRACS (General Surgery) in 2015. Following completi ...

Dr Mitchell completed his medical degree at the University of Queensland in 2007 and gained his FRACS (General Surgery) in 2015. Following completion of his Fellowship (FRACS), Dr Mitchell underwent sub-speciality training in upper gastrointestinal and bariatric surgery. He completed his first year at Concord Hospital (Sydney), one of Australia’s leading upper gastrointestinal and bariatric centres.

Dr Mitchell was accepted into the Australia & New Zealand Gastro Oesophageal Surgery Association (ANZGOSA) fellowship training program. As he completed two supplemental years of fellowship training at the Royal North Shore Hospital (Sydney) and The Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital (Brisbane), Dr Mitchell furthered his interest in advanced oesophago-gastric cancer, reflux and bariatric surgery. During his final year of training, he held the position of University of Queensland Surgical Fellow, complementing his interest in teaching junior doctors and medical students.

Dr Mitchell is a member of ANZGOSA and ANZMOSS. He has published and presented on eosophageal cancer, reflux and bariatric outcomes both nationally and internationally. He is currently enrolled in a PhD at Notre Dame University furthering his interest in the field of reflux surgery and its outcomes.

Dr Mitchell is passionate in his field and actively participates in on-call general and trauma surgery.

Dr Ian Shaw is a General Surgeon
Dr Ian Shaw graduated from the University of Queensland (MBBS) in November 1994. Dr Shaw is an experienced laparoscopic gastrointestinal surgeon who h ...
Dr Ian Shaw graduated from the University of Queensland (MBBS) in November 1994. Dr Shaw is an experienced laparoscopic gastrointestinal surgeon who has been based on the north side of Brisbane since 2008. Ian has expertise in the laparoscopic approach to obesity, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, gallstone disease, abdominal wall and groin herniae, and colonic cancer.

Ian is a visiting surgeon at the St Vincent’s Private Hospital Northside, Chermside. He is also a part-time Senior Staff Specialist at The Prince Charles Hospital (TPCH) where he provides a general surgical service with a particular interest in upper gastro-intestinal surgery. Ian is also active in his role as a Senior Lecturer in Surgery for the University of Queensland and Hospital Supervisor of Surgical Training at TPCH.

Ian’s expertise is in determining the role of surgery, and choice of surgical procedure, in the management of this disease, and performing this surgery safely. St Vincent’s Private Hospital Northside is a high volume bariatric surgical centre which prides itself on good surgical outcomes. Ian is supported by an experienced team of anaesthetists. bariatric and general physicians, dieticians and a clinical psychologist.

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.