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Peak FAQs

Do I need private health insurance?

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.

Can I choose my psychologist and dietician?

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.

Can I still drink alcohol?

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.

I'm watching what I eat, why should I choose bariatric surgery?

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.

How much weight will I lose?

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.

Why is the Peak Program unique?

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.