Weight loss surgery pricing

Take control and start your weight loss journey now

Dr Scott Whiting and his multidisciplinary team have created a unique program that will improve your health and transform your life

Dr Whiting offers affordable access to Bariatric surgery, along with comprehensive pre-operative assessments, follow-up, and access to support which is vital to long term success and sustained weight loss.

Weight loss on your own can be difficult

Weight loss surgery pricing, Dr Scott Whiting

Dr Whiting and his team are passionate about providing North Queenslanders with access to world-class care and facilities. Your results are as important to them as they are to you.

Dr Whiting’s comprehensive, locally based education and follow-up program will support you in your journey to achieve your weight loss goals.

Surgery is only one aspect of your transformation and the support and education you will receive pre- and post-surgery has a profound influence on your long-term success. Pricing for Dr Whiting’s surgery incorporates these support programs.

Private health insurance

Dr Whiting provides accessible and comprehensive packages for patients with and without private health insurance. Bariatric surgery has a Medicare item number and is recognised by all the major health funds.

Our practice recommends obtaining the appropriate private health insurance prior to undergoing bariatric surgery. Private health insurance will cover a portion of the costs associated with your surgical procedure. However, elective procedures likely incur an out-of-pocket costs, these prices will vary depending on the procedure.

Having private health insurance also ensures your costs are minimised if you experience a prolonged hospital stay and require further and ongoing investigations, including another operation.

A 12-month waiting period does usually apply, and through engagement with our program we use this time to undertake and reinforce the behaviour and lifestyle changes that are required following bariatric surgery.

Superannuation

Accessing your superannuation to fund your bariatric surgical procedure  is another option.  To find out if you are eligible, visit our comprehensive guide to using your super to fund all or part of your surgical fees.

Weight loss surgery pricing for patients with private health insurance

To find out if you are covered, contact your health fund and quote the Medicare item number listed below.

Sleeve
gastrectomy

$6,000

Medicare item number – 31575

Includes:

  • Surgeon
  • Surgical Assistant
  • Follow-up care with Dr Scott Whiting
  • Follow-up with bariatric dietitian for 12 months post-surgery

Additional fees to be expected:

  • Initial Dietitian appointment $160 (claimable through health fund extras cover)
  • Anaesthetist between $1800 – $2200
  • Hospital excess (subject to your insurance policy)
  • Pathology and radiology (if required)

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (primary)

$7,500

Medicare item number – 31572

Includes:

  • Surgeon
  • Surgical assistant
  • Follow-up care with Dr Scott Whiting
  • Follow-up with bariatric dietitian for 12 months post-surgery

Additional Fees to be expected:

  • Initial Dietitian appointment $160 (claimable through health fund extras cover)
  • Anaesthetist between $1800 – $2500
  • Hospital excess (subject to your insurance policy)
  • Pathology and radiology (if required)

Mini gastric bypass (primary)

$6,500

Medicare item number – 31572

Includes:

  • Surgeon
  • Surgical assistant
  • Follow-up care with Dr Scott Whiting
  • Follow-up with bariatric dietitian for 12 months post-surgery

Additional Fees to be expected:

  • Initial Dietitian appointment $160 (claimable through health fund extras cover)
  • Anaesthetist between $1800 – $2500
  • Hospital excess (subject to your insurance policy)
  • Pathology and radiology (if required)

Please note: the price may vary depending on the patient’s medical circumstances.

Weight loss surgery pricing for patients without private health insurance

To find out if you are covered, contact your health fund and quote the Medicare item number listed below.

Sleeve
gastrectomy

$6,000*

Medicare item number – 31575

Includes:

  • Surgeon
  • Surgical assistant
  • Follow-up care with Dr Scott Whiting
  • Follow-up with bariatric dietitian for 12 months post-surgery

Additional fees to be expected:

  • Initial Dietitian appointment $160 (claimable through health fund extras cover)
  • Anaesthetist between $1800 – $2200
  • The Mater Private Hospital Townsville – $13,500*
  • Pathology & radiology: $400 – $600 (if required)

Approximate Total Cost Between: $21,360 – $21,960

Please note: The price may vary depending on the patient’s medical circumstances.

* This fee is based on a single item number and no complications.

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (primary)

$7,500*

Medicare item number – 31572

Includes:

  • Surgeon
  • Surgical assistant
  • Follow-up care with Dr Scott Whiting
  • Follow-up with bariatric dietitian for 12 months post-surgery

Additional Fees to be expected:

  • Initial Dietitian appointment $160 (claimable through health fund extras cover)
  • Anaesthetist between $1800 – $2500
  • The Mater Private Hospital Townsville – $14,000*
  • Pathology & radiology: $400 – $600 (if required)

Approximate Total Cost Between: $23,610- $24,510

Please note: the price may vary depending on the patient’s medical circumstances.

* This fee is based on a single item number and no complications.

Mini gastric bypass (primary)

$6,500*

Medicare item number – 31572

Includes:

  • Surgeon
  • Surgical assistant
  • Follow-up care with Dr Scott Whiting
  • Follow-up with bariatric dietitian for 12 months post-surgery

Additional Fees to be expected:

  • Initial Dietitian appointment $160 (claimable through health fund extras cover)
  • Anaesthetist between $1800 – $2500
  • The Mater Private Hospital Townsville – $14,000
  • Pathology & radiology: $400 – $600 (if required)

Approximate Total Cost Between: $22,610- $23,510

Please note: The price may vary depending on patient’s medical circumstances.

* This fee is based on a single item number and no complications.

Non-surgical weight loss procedures

Allurion
balloon

$7,000*

Includes:

  • Surgeon to place the device
  • Follow-up with bariatric Dietitian and Registered Nurse for six months post-procedure
  • Access to the Allurion progress tracking and support app
  • Set of scales connected to the Allurion app

Additional fees to be expected:

  • Associated prescription medications
  • Initial Dietitian appointment, approximately $160 (claimable through health fund extras cover)

* There is no Medicare rebate for this procedure, and it is not covered by private health insurance.

*This is an approximate cost bracket. This fee is based on a single item number and no complications.

Please note: The price may vary depending on patient’s circumstances.

Please note that it is the patient’s responsibility to ensure that they have a current GP referral for all of their follow-up appointments with Dr Scott Whiting.

Experience genuine change.

Weight loss surgery supported by our experienced clinical team is truly life changing.

Are you considering weightloss surgery?

If your BMI is between 30-35 without obesity-related health conditions, Dr Whiting will carefully determine your eligibility for surgical weight-loss interventions.

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