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?

Accessing superannuation for your Bariatric and related surgeries is an individual choice. Nepean Weight loss would like to introduce SuperCare – an external service provider assisting individuals and Family Members in applying for the Government’s Early Release of Super (ERS) Programme to cover surgery and medical costs.

SuperCare can help facilitate funding for the following Procedures;

  • Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • Gastric Bypass Operations

SuperCare’s aim is to help support the health of all Australians by helping relieve the stress and anxiety associated with the financial burden of medical procedures. SuperCare is the only company in Australia specifically established to assist individuals with applications for access to their Superannuation in an efficient and timely manner. By doing so, SuperCare ensures that its patients receive the priority treatment they deserve.

SuperCare’s consultants are with their patients every step of the way, facilitating and guiding them through the entire application process. As an integral part of your health support team, SuperCare’s Consultants have an understanding and personal approach and work as a team with their patients to ensure a stress free and timely outcome.

SuperCare has intimate working knowledge of the process, so we can inform you of your options. For example, did you know that you could also access your partner’s Superannuation for Bariatric and Medical Procedures?

Patients are advised to contact SuperCare direct to enquire via the SuperCare website:

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?

Yes. Our program fee covers all charges related to hospital care. Additional costs may include contrast study/swallows done at the hospital.

Does the quoted price include post-operative surgeon consultations?

Yes. The price includes unlimited post-operative consultations.

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 services are provided on site. You will see Dr. Ahmed and the dietician.

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.

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.

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