Before your Surgery

So that you know what to expect, we have outlined our surgical process. Below are the steps you will need to complete before your surgery. If you have any questions, please contact our administration or nursing staff.

  • Call 07 3232 7316 to arrange an appointment at the Pre-Admission Clinic on Level 2 of The Wesley Hospital in the week prior to your surgery.
  • Before your Pre-Admission Clinic appointment, please complete your hospital admission details online at

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1 week before

  • Please have your blood test. The blood test request form is given at the time of your surgery booking – you can attend QML or S&N Pathology.
  • Payment required – Payment can be made by credit card over the phone or via direct deposit – please see your quote or contact the office to request account details.
  • Make sure you have discussed all medications you are currently taking with Dr Martin. In particular, any blood thinning medications and some diabetic medications, eg. Warfarin, Aspirin, Clopidogrel, Xarelto, Eliquis, Pradaxa, Jardiance, Forxiga or herbal medications may need to be ceased prior to surgery.
  • Smokers – You must stop smoking for at least 4 weeks before and after surgery to have bariatric surgery. Smoking increases the risk of complications such as infections or blood clots, and hinders healing of the staple lines and joins. For more information see Queensland Health’s guidelines on Smoking and Surgery
  • You must start an Optifast diet two to three weeks prior to surgery. This shrinks your liver of fat and makes it much firmer to reduce bleeding during the operation. This is the best and simplest way to reduce liver size. Our dietitian will discuss this with you at your consultation.

1 day before

  • The afternoon before surgery, we will text you to confirm admission and fasting times. Please reply to our message to confirm you have received it.
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