Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions
How Experienced is the Surgeon?

Dr Ahmed is a general and hepatobiliary surgeon specialising in laparoscopic and open surgery. Dr. Ahmed has been in practice since 2009 and has performed a significant number of cancer and non cancer procedures. He has performed over a thousand laparoscopic procedures. He work at Nepean Public; Nepean Private and Sydney Adventist Hospitals.

Can I access my superannuation to pay for Bariatric Surgery?

Yes you can. There is a form required to be submitted to the Australian Tax office (ATO). You will need to see Dr Ahmed first to be assessed, and the form can be given to you after that consultation. The form needs to be filled in by Dr Ahmed and signed. The form can also be submitted via mail or online. The staff will you give you a quote for surgery including all the costs associated.

Will I have hair loss after weight loss surgery?
Most patients will experience hair loss or hair thinning in the first 3-6 months after surgery. it is a temporary symptom ; and your hair will regrow. We still don’t understand why this happens but probably relates to change in hormone levels following weight loss surgery.
Do you offer information seminars where I can learn about your services and meet the surgeon?

We are planning to offer this in the near future. At the moment it would be best to make an appointment to see Dr Ahmed and our dietician. Once these assessments are done then a decision can be made regarding appropriateness for surgery.

Do I need a referral from a local doctor or General Practitioner for Weight Loss Surgery?

Yes, you will need a referral. In order for you to see any specialist Medicare requires you to obtain a referral from your local doctor (GP).  Your local doctor should assess your health and discuss with you the options of weight loss surgery

Does your surgeon offer a range of surgical options to suit people with different needs, such as sleeve, and gastric bypass?

Dr. Ahmed is experienced in providing all types of weight loss surgery. Each procedure has different benefits, so you can discuss with your doctor the procedure that suits you best.

Do you offer financed payment plans?

We do not offer finance directly to our clients, however there are finance companies such who specialise in medical finance plans. You can also access your superannuation by applying for early release of funds. There is a form to download.

Does the quoted price include the anaesthetist’s fee, assistant’s fee and all hospital costs?

The staff will you give you a sheet with informed financial consent so you are well aware of costs associated with the practice – Nepean Weight loss.

There are 2 pathways for patients. It’s quite important to know which pathway you are going through.

  1. Privately insured patients: you will be in top cover and have gold level private health insurance. Please check the item number with your health fund to see if you are covered.
  2. Self Paying (patients with no private health insurance; or private health insurance that does not cover the bariatric surgery item numbers): Again you will be given informed financial consent so you will know all the costs involved. You may also use superannuation to cover the costs of surgery.

The programme fee varies depending on which pathway you choose. The programme fee covers all consultations with Dr. Ahmed for the first year and 5 dietitian appointments after surgery in the first year following surgery.

Does the quoted price include post-operative surgeon consultations?

Yes the programme fee includes this for the first year. Dr Ahmed strives to provide the best possible care for patients. You will have regular followup consultations planned.

How many times can I expect my surgeon to visit me in hospital?

Dr Ahmed visits his patients every day; unless there is an emergency requiring Dr. Ahmed to be elsewhere.

After my surgery, what aftercare services do you offer?

We offer the following services:

  • Unlimited surgeon consultations
  • Unlimited telephone based support
  • A total of up to 5 individual Dietitian sessions. You will need a referral from your GP for a health care plan so that a rebate from medicare can be obtained.
Are all follow up services provided on site, or am I referred to somewhere else?

All of Dr Ahmed’s consultations are provided on site. We have organised with 2-3 local dieticians in the Penrith area to see our patients. We have found this gives the most flexibility to patients; and they have their own individual office locations.

At the Sydney Adventist Hospital, Dr Ahmed will see patients there in his SAN rooms; and Amy Boidin (dietitian) will see patients in her SAN rooms – onsite.

What about pregnancy?

If you are planning a pregnancy, we recommend not falling pregnant for a least one year after the sleeve gastrectomy or bypass.

Will I need to take vitamin supplements?

You will need vitamin and mineral supplements after these procedures as you will generally be eating less food than your body is used to. This ensures you get all the vitamins and minerals you need for energy and vitality. This will be discussed by the dietician preoperatively.

What about other medications?

The procedures will have no effect on taking your normal prescribed medications in the long term. Its important with restrictive procedures not to take large tablets; so there will be a need to have easily chewable or liquid form of tablets.

What if I go out to eat?

Eating out is fine. You will generally be able to eat a normal range of foods, however it is advised to eat smaller portions, such as ordering an entree as a main. After the procedure you will feel comfortably full with this. Please ask reception staff for a business card which you can keep in your wallet/handbag and show at restaurants if required.

Will I suffer from constipation?

No, but there may be a reduction in the volume of your stools because you are eating less. If you develop any problems, it is fine to take some Metamucil or increase the fibre in your diet.

How soon can I walk after surgery?

As soon as you feel comfortable to, generally you will be walking on the same day.

Is it possible to talk to another patient who has had the weight reduction surgery?

Yes. This can be arranged through our practice support team.

Ready to talk?

Contact our offices to make an appointment with Dr Sulman Ahmed, and achieve your weight loss goals.