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Dr Garth McLeod & Dr Benedict Mackay

Weight Loss Surgery Specialists in Townsville & Cairns

 
 

Dr Garth McLeod & Dr Benedict Mackay

Highly trained and qualified bariatric surgeons

 

Dr Garth McLeod & Dr Benedict Mackay

Life After
Weight Loss
Surgery

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Highly trained and
approachable surgeons
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Appointments typically
within 1 week of referral
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Holistic approach to
long-term weight loss
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Superannuation-funded
patients welcome
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Highly trained and
approachable surgeons
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Appointments typically
within 1 week of referral
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Holistic approach to
long-term weight loss
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Superannuation-funded
patients welcome
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We are dedicated to your weight loss success

Weight loss surgery is for life. That’s why you need to be sure your surgeon has a proven plan for success, and is with you every step of the way.

Renowned surgeons, Dr Garth McLeod and Dr Benedict Mackay offer patients in the Townsville region access to the highest quality weight loss surgery and care.

Surgical excellence and experience combined with a caring approach.

Your procedure will take place at the Mater Hospital in Pimlico.

We are now Consulting in Cairns!

Consulting once per month starting in June.

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Would weight loss surgery benefit you?

BMI is one of the leading ways of measuring obesity, find out if you’re a candidate for surgery. Body Mass Index (BMI) is a person’s weight in kilograms divided by their height in meters squared. The Nation Institute of Health defines normal weight, overweight and obesity according to BMI.

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Answer the questions below and we can contact you to discuss your treatment options

Tell us about any other health issues

If you do not meet the BMI or weight criteria, you still may be considered for surgery if your BMI is over 30 and you are suffering serious health problems related to obesity.

Do you have either of these serious health concerns?

Have you experienced any of the following Health Risks Associated with Obesity?

BMI is not the only criteria

Something here about lifestlye or how long you’ve been trying to lose weight and what you’ve tried.

Tell us if you any of these apply to you

What is your outlook on weightloss?

Readiness to begin your wieghtloss journey is important.

How committed are you to your weightloss journey?

Fill in your details to recieve a free weight loss info pack

If you choose we can share information about your health, medical history and lifestyle with our team who will determine whether you are a candidate for weightloss surgery.

Specialists in the surgical treatment of obesity and long-term weight loss

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Surgeons & Bariatric Physicians

We offer many weight loss surgery options, tailored for every indivdual.
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Dietitians

Our experts advise patients on how to make healthy dietary & lifestyle changes.
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Exercise Physiologists

Assess and manage our patients' fitness in order to help them improve their health.
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Psychologists

We want to help you get the support you need to repair your relationship with food, allowing you to better control your weight and manage your own lifestyle.

Frequently asked questions about weight loss surgery

What is bariatric surgery?
Bariatric surgery is another term for weight loss surgery. The two most common procedures are a Sleeve Gastrectomy and a Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass. Other bariatric surgery procedures we offer are Mini Gastric Bypass, Revisional Bariatric Surgery and Intra-gastric Balloon. Read more about our range of bariatric surgery options.
Who can get weight loss surgery?
Weight loss surgery is an effective treatment for people who are struggling with obesity and/or experiencing other medical complications, such as obstructive sleep apnoea, coronary artery disease, type 2 diabetes, fatty liver, osteoarthritis/joint pain, cancers and decreased fertility. While some people are able to manage excess weight through diet and exercise, 95% cannot and weight loss surgery provides another option. Patients who have a BMI greater than 40, and patients with a BMI greater than 35 and experiencing health complications associated with excess weight are excellent candidates for bariatric surgery.
What will bariatric surgery cost?
At your initial consultation, we will go through our fee structure in detail and discuss, if insured, what your private health insurance will and will not cover. We are transparent in our pricing and you will be fully aware of all costs before surgery. Costs include:
  • Dr Benedict Mackay or Dr Garth McLeod's surgical time and a second surgeon assisting
  • The anaesthetist’s fee
  • Hospital fees
  • Medications, such as pain relief
  • Follow up consultations
  • Ongoing support from dietitians, exercise physiologists, psychologists and other allied health professionals
How long will recovery take?
You should expect to stay in hospital for two to three days after bariatric surgery. You should make arrangements for someone to take you home. It’s also recommended to have someone at home to help you for the first five to seven days after surgery with tasks like cooking, laundry, housework and caring for children. Most patients return to work two to four weeks after bariatric surgery.
How quickly will I lose weight?
Most patients experience a weight loss of 65 to 75% of excess weight over a period of 12 to 18 months.
What lifestyle changes will I need to make?
Bariatric surgery results in a substantially reduced stomach capacity, which will help you reduce the volume of food that you eat. You may have to eliminate some foods and drinks from your diet altogether. For some patients, this can be mentally challenging, so we partner with allied health professionals to provide ongoing support on your weight loss journey before and after your bariatric surgery.

Do you still have questions? Contact us

Our approach

Weight loss surgery is not a vanity decision, and it’s not a quick fix. But it can be life-changing. If you have been struggling with obesity for a significant period of time, surgery may well be the right option for you.

At Mackay McLeod Weight Loss Surgery, we know that surgery is only the beginning of your weight loss journey.

It is the right support, every step of the way, which can play a huge role in your success. That’s why. we offer you a comprehensive long-term support plan, long after your surgery is over.

Follow up after your surgery is so beneficial for your lasting weight loss. We want to make sure that you attend follow up appointments regularly. It should be as easy as possible for you to look after your health going forward.

We come to you in Townsville, providing consultations on a monthly basis for pre and post-surgery care.

Weight loss surgery procedures

You should have access to all surgical options, as determined by your unique needs. Both surgeons are highly experienced general surgeons with sub-specialty training in bariatric and upper gastrointestinal surgery. Both trained in high-volume specialist bariatric centres in Brisbane as well as interstate and overseas.

This means they are able to perform the full range of weight loss surgeries, as well as revision surgery. It’s about determining which procedure is right for you and your body.

Your surgeon will perform your weight loss surgery at the Mater Hospital in Pimlico. While your chosen surgeon will be your primary surgeon, both surgeons will attend. This means you get the unique benefit of two qualified specialist surgeons during your operation

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Life after surgery

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Lost 90kgs

Shannon

Now I’ve had the surgery, there’s so much more I can do that I couldn’t do before. To date, I have lost 90 kgs.

Now I’ve had the surgery, there’s so much more I can do that I couldn’t do before. While it’s only been 17 months it feels like so much longer. It has been the best 17 months of my life. That’s because of how much I’ve done, it’s almost like it’s slowed time down. To date, I have lost 90 kgs.

I now enjoying running every day. I have just completed a half-marathon, and I’m doing the Noosa Triathlon this year. I used to get home from work and wonder what I was going to eat or drink. Now it’s going for a run or a bike ride. I went to Vietnam recently, and ran 10 km, rather than going to a bar like I might have done before.

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Lost 100 kgs

Brenda

Now 1 year post-op, I am down 92kgs! From 222 kgs to 124 kgs. My BMI has dropped from 80 to 46! Remarkably, I’ve lost an incredible 220 cms off my whole body!

Now 1 year post-op, I am down 92kgs! From 222 kgs to 124 kgs. My BMI has dropped from 80 to 46! Remarkably, I’ve lost an incredible 220 cms off my whole body!
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lost 55 kilos in 9 months

Sarah-Jane

Surgery is the hardest thing I have ever done, but I’m so happy I did it.

Surgery is the hardest thing I have ever done, but I’m so happy I did it.

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