Weight Loss Surgery

The Gold Coast Private Hospital offers a range of weight loss services to eligible patients. Weight loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, uses advanced procedures and surgical treatment to assist patients with weight loss. Our bariatric surgeons work with patients to help them achieve sustainable weight loss and improved their medical conditions, ultimately improving their quality of life.

What is weight loss surgery?

Weight loss surgery (also known as bariatric surgery) includes a range of surgeries that help patients lose excess weight, helping alleviate health conditions such as diabetes, blood pressure and heart issues.

There are many different types of bariatric surgery that either restrict the size of the stomach, so the patient feels full after eating only a small amount of food or reduce absorption of food by changing how food is digested. The services offered at Gold Coast Private Hospital are described below. Your surgeon will discuss the best option for you during your consultation.

Weight Loss Procedures

Also known as a sleeve gastrectomy.

This surgery permanently removes the majority of your stomach, around 85%. After the surgery, patients will feel full after eating a small amount of food since their stomach is so much smaller.

Patients may also feel less hungry because the part of the stomach removed is the main area where Ghrelin (the hunger hormone) is produced. Ghrelin levels post-surgery drop significantly which decreases feelings of hunger.

Hospital stay is usually between two to five days.

The Gastric Balloon is a non-surgical intervention option for weight loss. An inflatable silicon balloon is placed inside the stomach via a gastroscope that enters through the mouth. Once inserted into the stomach, the empty balloon is filled with saline solution and can be kept in place for up to six months.

The balloon helps weight loss by limiting how much can be eaten and helping patients feel fuller faster.

Hospital stay is usually one day.

Gastric bypass surgery decreases the size of the stomach and changes how the stomach and small intestine absorb food.

During the procedure, the stomach is divided with staples to create a small pouch in the top part of the stomach. This pouch is attached to the lower part of the small intestine so food bypasses most of the stomach and the first part of the small intestine.

The larger part of the stomach remains in the body and will continue to produce digestive juices to help with digestion. However, this detached portion of the stomach will no longer come in contact with food.

This results in less food being absorbed into the body and a feeling of satiety after eating only a small amount.

Hospital stay is usually between three to five days.


Also known as Omega loop gastric bypass or mini-bypass.

The surgery is similar to the Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass in that it divides the stomach with staples to create a small pouch in the top part of the stomach. However, in this surgery there is only one anastamosis (the new connection made between two parts of the body) instead of the two that are made in the Roux-en-Y procedure.

The larger part of the stomach remains in the body and will continue to produce digestive juices to help with digestion. However, this detached portion of the stomach will no longer come in contact with food.

Hospital stay is usually three to five days.

Also known as SIPS (Stomach Intestinal Pylorus Sparing Surgery), Single Anastomosis Duodeno-Ileal Switch (SADIS) or biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch.

This surgery is more complex than the others as it involves two separate surgeries. First a sleeve gastrectomy is formed, where the majority of the stomach is removed.

Next, just after the sleeve, the first part of the small intestine immediately after the stomach (called the duodenum) is divided and formed the upper part of the small intestine and a loop of intestine is brought up to the upper part of the duodenum where the gastric sleeve enters. This bypasses about half of the small intestine which reduces the amount of calories absorbed.

Weight loss surgery is unsuccessful in a small proportion of patients, for varied and complex reasons; perhaps you've had medical complications such as intolerable reflux or you haven’t had the results you were hoping for. Our surgeons can work with you to rectify any issues you may have.

Our Specialists

MBBS, FRACS
Bariatric and General Surgeon

Dr Victor Liew is a Bariatric and Upper Gastro-Intestinal Surgeon who specialises in laparoscopic surgery for obesity and metabolic disorders.

After completing his medical degree at Monash University, Victoria in 1995, Dr Liew commenced surgical training in 2000 in Queensland and completed the FRACS in 2005.

He spent an additional two years in postgraduate training in bariatric and upper gastro-intestinal surgery, before relocating to the Gold Coast as a surgical consultant more than 10 years ago.

Dr Liew is a member of Australian and New Zealand Metabolic and Obesity Surgery Society, Australia and New Zealand Gastro Oesophageal Surgery Association, Gastroenterological Society of Australia and the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons.

He specialises in bariatric surgery and laparoscopic surgery performing a diverse range of primary and revisional bariatric procedures for obesity and metabolic disorders.

Dr Liew provides services to patients on the Gold Coast as well as rural and remote areas of Queensland and Northern New South Wales.

Dr Liew specialises in:

  • Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy
  • Laparoscopic gastric bypass
  • Removal of gastric band
  • Revision bariatric surgery
  • Laparoscopic cholecystectomy
  • Laparoscopic hernia repair.


To arrange an appointment with Dr Victor Liew, please contact:
Gold Coast Private Hospital Specialist Suites, Ground Floor
14 Hill Street, Southport QLD 4215
Phone: 07 5530 0770 | Fax: 07 5530 0687
Email: gcpspecialistsuites@healthscope.com.au or victorliew@live.com.au
Website: www.drvictorliew.com

MBBS (MONASH), FRACS (General)

General and Bariatric Surgeon

Dr Suzanne Ma is a highly qualified general surgeon with sub-specialty training in bariatrics, upper gastro-intestinal and hepatobiliary surgery.

Dr Ma has trained extensively through quaternary, tertiary and regional NSW and Queensland hospitals including at the St George Bariatric Centre of Excellence, currently Australia’s only centre of excellence for bariatric surgery.

She completed fellowship training in bariatrics, with a focus on revisional and endoscopic weight loss surgeries. Dr Ma has attended fellowships overseas with world-renowned pioneering bariatric surgeons including Dr Bruno Dillemanns in Belgium. She has been an invited speaker at national and international conferences on her special interest of revisional bariatrics, which is now an important niche area.

Dr Ma has a compassionate approach towards patients, excellent technical skills and has great investment in patient outcomes. She embraces a holistic multi-disciplinary care approach featuring close follow-up with herself, dietitians, exercise physiologists and psychologists. Dr Ma provides exceptional quality of care for each and every one of her patients.

Currently 80% of patients undergoing bariatric surgery are female and being female herself, Dr Ma understands the extremely sensitive nature of the condition and she forms a close caring and trusting relationship with them.

Dr Ma’s specialises in:

  • Weight loss and metabolic surgery (Sleeve Gastrectomy, Mini-Bypass, Roux en Y Bypass, Revisional Bariatrics, Endoscopic Bariatrics)
  • Biliary surgery (cholecystectomy and bile duct exploration)
  • Reflux Surgery (laparoscopic hiatus hernia repair)
  • General surgery (laparoscopic hernia surgery, all acute presentations)
  • Endoscopy (gastroscopy, dilatations, colonoscopy)
  • All other general surgical conditions
To arrange an appointment with Dr Suzanne Ma, please contact:
Gold Coast Private Hospital Specialist Suites, Ground Floor
14 Hill Street, Southport QLD 4215

Phone: 07 5530 0770 | Fax: 07 5530 0687
Email: team@drsuzannema.com
Website: www.drsuzannema.com

MBBS, FRACS

Bariatric and General Surgeon
Dr Gregory B Nolan started general surgical practice in 2001 in Southport. The general surgery practice offers surgical repair of all types of hernias and gallbladder removal as well as endocrine surgery for thyroid and parathyroid medical conditions.


In 2006 he began Southport Bariatrics which specialises in helping people lose weight surgically. He offers a range of surgical options which will significantly lessen or resolve medical issues caused by obesity. Southport Bariatrics offers a multi-disciplinary approach to weight loss surgery incorporating relevant specialities such as cardiology, dietetics, endocrinology and psychology for an overall well-being approach for his patients.

Dr Nolan attends national and international conferences to keep up with the trends, techniques and latest data in terms of results and outcomes for weight loss surgery.

Dr Nolan specialises in:

  • Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • Omega Loop (Mini) Gastric Bypass
  • Roux-en Y Gastric Bypass
  • Revisional weight loss procedures for patients who have had prior procedures such as lap band or sleeve and have regained weight.


To arrange an appointment with Dr Greg Nolan, please contact:
Southport Bariatrics
Suite 1, Level 5, 123 Nerang Street, Southport, QLD 4215
Phone: 07 5571 0923|
Fax: 07 5676 9616
Email: admin@drgregnolan.com.au
Website: http://www.drgregnolan.com.au

MBBS (Hons), FRACS

Upper Gastrointestinal, Bariatric and Hernia Surgeon

Dr David Parker is an experienced general surgeon with a specialised interest in upper gastrointestinal, obesity and hernia surgery.

He completed his surgical training in Queensland in 2009 before undertaking his fellowship years specialising in upper GI and bariatric surgery at Sydney’s Concord Hospital and the Royal Infirmary Hospital in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Royal Infirmary is a high volume unit for upper GI benign and malignant diseases and NHS funded bariatric services. It was here that Dr Parker’s interest and skills to treat complex hernias began.

Dr Parker strives to ensure patients get the best results, whether that is with laparoscopic or open surgery. He holds a public appointment at the Gold Coast University Hospital as part of the Upper GI Surgery Unit and Acute Surgery Unit.

Dr Parker specialises in:

  • Sleeve gastrectomy
  • Gastric bypass
  • Cancer of the stomach and oesophagus
  • Gastro-oesophageal Reflux Disease
  • Hiatal hernias and fundoplications
  • Gallbladder surgery
  • Hernia surgery - laparoscopic and complex open procedures.


To arrange an appointment with Dr David Parker, please contact:
Gold Coast Private Specialist Suites, Gold Coast Private Hospital
14 Hill Street Southport QLD 4215
Phone: 07 5530 0770 | Fax: 07 5530 0687
Email: gcpspecialistsuites@healthscope.com.au

MD, FRACS

Bariatric and General Surgeon

Assoc Prof Harald Puhalla is an experienced general surgeon with a subspecialist interest in bariatric, hepato-pancreatic-biliary and upper gastrointestinal surgery.

Dr Puhalla is known for his compassionate and holistic care to achieve the best possible results for his patients. His bariatric patients especially benefit from his close cooperation with highly experienced dietitians and psychologist.

With a PhD background and an interest in teaching and science he became the Associate Professor of surgery for Griffith School of Medicine at GCUH, where he holds a public appointment.

Dr Puhalla was trained at the University Hospital of Vienna under the guidance of international leaders of surgery and has a particular interest in the latest surgical techniques, including minimally invasive treatment concepts.

Services:

  • Weight loss and metabolic surgery (laparoscopic gastric sleeve, Omega loop gastric bypass, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, Revisional bariatric surgery)
  • Cholecystectomy and bile duct exploration (gallstones, advanced laparoscopic bile duct surgery)
  • Hernia (laparoscopic repair of abdominal wall, inguinal and femoral hernia)
  • Hiatus hernia (laparoscopic reflux surgery)
  • Liver and Pancreas surgery (modern cancer treatment concepts with option of laparoscopic surgery)
  • Bowel surgery
  • Gastroscopy/Colonoscopy
  • Robotic surgery

To arrange an appointment with A/Prof. Harold Puhalla, please contact:
Gold Coast Private Hospital
Ground Floor, Suite 7
14 Hill Street, Southport QLD 4215
Phone: 07 5563 1360 | Fax: 07 5563 1950 | admin@generalsurgerygoldcoast.com.au

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