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Peak specialist surgical weight loss program is a fully-supported program which provides an efficient, multidimensional solution to surgical obesity to guarantee the best outcomes for the patient.

Bariatric surgery is a life-changing procedure and patients will have many questions both during the decision-making process and leading up to the operation. Find the answers to some frequently asked questions below.

 

Dr Candice Silverman is a leading Queensland surgeon and the founder of Peak. She practises in the field of bariatrics at an expert level and has dedicated her recent career to providing obesity patients with a holistic approach to weight-loss using a combination of surgery, psychology and nutritional support. Dr Silverman performs all surgical bariatric procedures.

Sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass procedures and adjustable gastric banding. These are permanent weight loss procedures. Dr Silverman also offers the intra gastric balloon which is a temporary weight loss procedures well as options for revisional surgery for those patients who haven't achieved weight loss or have suffered complications following previous weight loss surgery.

Dr Silverman works closely with chosen psychologists and dieticians to achieve their joint vision to provide weight loss solutions within a multidimensional framework.

The existing Peak allied health team has extensive expertise in the management of bariatric surgery before, during, and after surgery. Peak professionals are all members of OSSANZ (Obesity Surgery Society of Australia and New Zealand) and have formulated a program that works together to provide the best outcomes for the patient.

Psychologists and dieticians can offer conflicting advice, so while it's certainly an option to choose your allied health team, the professional would need to demonstrate their treatment style and ethos is in line with the vision of the existing Peak team.

We strive to keep fees as low as possible because we believe every patient deserves to live the best version of their life possible.  An approximate cost of surgery, psychological assessment and support, and full nutritional support is provided at the initial consultation based on your specific requirements.

Psychologists and dieticians can offer conflicting advice, so while it's certainly an option to choose your allied health team, the professional would need to demonstrate their treatment style and ethos is in line with the vision of the existing Peak team.

At this stage, surgery will take place at the John Flynn Private Hospital, Gold Coast Private Hospital on the Gold Coast or at St Vincent's Private Hospital in Lismore. Dr Silverman continues to campaign for bariatric surgery to be available in the public system, but this isn't yet an option. 

Bariatric surgery is a complex process which doesn't begin and end with the operation. While the primary symptom of obesity is excess weight due to poor food choices, the causes of the condition are often much deeper and must be addressed professionally to achieve the best outcomes from surgery. 

The Peak psychologist will also provide a thorough assessment to your health care provider that demonstrates your eligibility for surgery so the majority of costs can be offset through your insurance. Please note, many health insurers have a 12-month waiting period for bariatric procedures.

Throughout the program, the patient must receive nutritional education to learn how to enjoy foods that the palate and stomach might not be used to. Dietary education and guidance contribute to the long-term success of the surgery and is therefore a non-negotiable aspect of the Peak program.

If all goes well, you'll be in hospital for approximately 3-5 days. Close monitoring will take place and Dr Silverman will discharge you once she's satisfied that you're healing well post-surgery. You must return as an outpatient for regular monitoring of your progress. You'll remain under the care of the Peak program for 12 months for psychologist and nutrition support.

Dr Silverman has had many patients diagnosed with Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome and been infertile. She has seen these patients lose weight following surgery and then fall pregnant. It’s a very exciting time for these patients. Ideally patients wait at least 6 months following weight loss surgery (when most weight loss occurs) prior to considering pregnancy.

If you haven't found the answers you're looking for, call the Core Specialist Group on 07 5598 0955 and a member of the team will be happy to answer further questions regarding the Peak weight loss program.