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It's highly recommended that every patient has private health insurance. In the unlikely event of any complications or extra gastric bypass costs arising from surgery, self-funded patients may require transfer to a public hospital for treatment which will interrupt the quality and consistency of their care.
There is usually a 12-month waiting period after joining to allow access to bariatric surgery.
There is currently no access to bariatric surgery for patients in the public system. Dr Silverman continues to work towards this becoming an option.
We aim to keep fees to a minimum so that as many people as possible can access the program and achieve significant weight loss to improve their physical and mental wellbeing.
With appropriate health insurance, the cost to the patient is likely to be under $6,000 and includes the following:
The clinical and allied health professionals that form part of the Peak Program share a joint commitment to helping patients overcome obesity. The team meets regularly to discuss patient progress and to devise strategies that will help them move forward and achieve the best outcomes.
Our allied health professionals are all members of ANNSMOZ (Australian and New Zealand Metabolic and Obesity Surgery Society), extensively review literature, and practise expertise in the management of the bariatric surgical patient.
As part of a calorie-controlled diet, alcohol provides little nutritional benefit, and it's recommended to restrict or avoid consumption completely.
Many behaviours that lead to obesity will need to change post-surgery, and alcohol is often a causing factor in obesity, so patients must be prepared to minimise intake.
Obesity is a chronic disease that can lead to more serious, potentially life-threatening health concerns.
Traditional methods of weight loss such as diet and exercise are extremely important post-surgery to achieve maximum weight loss and to sustain results.
In severe cases, weight loss surgery is much more effective than diet and exercise in helping morbidly obese patients lose significant amounts of weight fast enough to reduce the immediate risk to their overall health.
Unfortunately, if you've smoked within the past three months, you aren't eligible for bariatric surgery as part of the Peak Program.
Smoking attracts significant health risks and, when combined with obesity, can potentially lead to surgical complications.
Part of the success of the Peak Program is achieved by changing the mindset from eating for the sake of it to viewing food as ‘fuel' for the body.
While weight loss is important, once the patient adopts a different focus towards the food they eat and concentrates on nutrition, vitamin intake and exercise; natural weight loss will be a direct result making the kilos on the scales different for everyone.
Designed by Dr Candice Silverman and delivered by a multidisciplinary team of clinical and allied health professional, the Peak Program is a customised, boutique weight loss program.
Moving away from traditional group seminars and bulk solutions, the Peak Program considers the unique needs of the individual participant and tailors a weight management strategy around physical and emotional goals personal to them.