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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

A personalised approach to your medical weight loss treatment

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Is surgery right for you?

Far North Queensland’s most experienced weight loss surgeons

Dr Ben Mackay and Dr Garth McLeod collectively have performed thousands of successful weight loss surgeries.

They provide a unique service in Far North Queensland by working as a weight loss surgeon team – both being present for each operation to ensure the highest quality surgical outcomes.

With several thousand bariatric procedures behind them, Mackay & McLeod are the most experienced bypass and revisional surgeons in North Queensland. Doctors Mackay & McLeod specialise exclusively in bariatric surgery to ensure the best outcomes for Far North Queensland.

Dr Garth McLeod

Dr Garth McLeod

General and Bariatric Surgeon

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Dr Benedict Mackay

BSc, MBChB, MRCS (England), FRACS
General, Upper GI and Bariatric Surgeon

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 Benedict Mackay and Dr Garth McLeod offer patients in the Townsville region access to the highest quality weight loss surgery and care. We are pleased to now be consulting from the rooms on Level 3 of the Clinical Practice Building. Your procedure will take place at the Mater Hospital in Pimlico.

“It’s more about the health gain, rather than the weight loss.”

Dr Garth McLeodBSc, BHB, MBChB, FRACS General and Bariatric Surgeon

“People struggling with obesity deserve access to safe, modern surgical weight loss solutions that actually work to help them lose weight and keep it off for good.”

Dr Benedict MackayBSc, MBChB, MRCS (England), FRACS General, Upper GI and Bariatric Surgeon

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 subspecialty training in bariatric and upper gastrointestinal surgery. Both trained in high-volume specialist bariatric centres in Brisbane, and 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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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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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?

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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.

Weight loss surgery FAQs

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.

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  • Learn more about obesity
  • Understand your procedural options
  • Prepare for surgery
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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 provide consultations on a monthly basis for pre and post-surgery care.

Life after surgery

Lost 50kgs


I am full of energy and I have my life back, and I could not be happier.

I have just turned 62 years of age and in that time my weight had crept up, and along with the decline of my health due to Diabetes and blood pressure, I finally accepted that I could no longer beat this battle on my own. I could lose the weight but not keep it off.

I was recommended to Dr Garth McLeod and Dr Ben Mackay. Both doctors have provided me the most professional and personal care anyone could wish for, along with their team.

I have now lost approximately 50kgs from my heaviest weight and I am now off all medication. I am full of energy and I have my life back, and I could not be happier.

Lost 55kgs


I no longer have sleep apnoea, I’m not pre-diabetic anymore, and my cholesterol is in a healthy range.

Weight loss surgery has changed my life. It certainly isn’t the quick fix that some people think it is but it’s definitely worth it. My relationship with food and eating has changed, and the money I was spending on takeaway is now going towards a gym membership.

I have lost about 55kg since my surgery and my health has improved dramatically. I no longer have sleep apnoea, I’m not pre-diabetic anymore, and my cholesterol is in a healthy range.

I am forever grateful to Doctors McLeod and Mackay, and the rest of the team for helping me along my journey.

Lost 28kgs in 6 months


This has not been an easy journey by any means but it could have been harder if I hadn’t had the support of Mackay McLeod and my family.

This has not been an easy journey by any means but it could have been harder if I hadn’t had the support of Mackay McLeod and my family.

Weight loss Surgery is a tool and I can say that Garth McLeod and Benedict Mackay saved my life.

They gave me this gift of Gastric Bypass and the gift of their support. This however has given me the strength mentally and physically to overcome emotional eating.

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