Bariatric Surgeon Sydney

Dr John Jorgensen is one of Australia’s most experienced bariatric and Upper GI surgeons.

He has been in specialized surgical practice for more than three decades and is currently the Director of Bariatric Surgical Services at St George Private Hospital, Australia’s highest volume bariatric hospital.

Dr Jorgensen graduated from The University of New South Wales with honours, (MBBS) and obtained his Fellow in Royal Australian College of Surgeons (FRACS) in 1991.

He then commenced a Master of Surgery, Research degree in Laparoscopic Surgery, and further trained at the Pancreatic and Biliary Surgical Unit at The Royal Infirmary Glasgow, Scotland. In 2000 he had a twelve month sabbatical at the University Hospital in Lund, Sweden, focusing on bariatric surgery.

Since his return to practice in Sydney he has focused on providing  multidisciplinary care for the severely obese.

Dr Jorgensen also specialises in Upper GI Surgical procedures such as hernia surgery, gallbladder surgery, reflux surgery, and gastric and oesophageal cancer.

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Dr John Jorgensen is one of Australia’s most experienced Upper GI, General and Bariatric Surgeons.

 He is Director of Bariatric Surgical services at St George Private Hospital, Australia’s highest volume bariatric hospital and the first hospital in Australia to be recognised internationally as Bariatric Centre of Excellence.

Dr Jorgensen recognises bariatric surgery as a new paradigm in the treatment of patients with Type II diabetes; with many patients either completely resolving their diabetes within days or weeks of surgery, or significantly reducing their medication.

Bariatric Surgeon Sydney

Dr John Jorgensen is one of Australia’s most experienced bariatric and Upper GI surgeons.

He has been in specialized surgical practice for more than three decades and is currently the Director of Bariatric Surgical Services at St George Private Hospital, Australia’s highest volume bariatric hospital.

Dr Jorgensen graduated from The University of New South Wales with honours, (MBBS) and obtained his Fellow in Royal Australian College of Surgeons (FRACS) in 1991.

He then commenced a Master of Surgery, Research degree in Laparoscopic Surgery, and further trained at the Pancreatic and Biliary Surgical Unit at The Royal Infirmary Glasgow, Scotland. In 2000 he had a twelve month sabbatical at the University Hospital in Lund, Sweden, focusing on bariatric surgery.

Since his return to practice in Sydney he has focused on providing  multidisciplinary care for the severely obese.

Dr Jorgensen also specialises in Upper GI Surgical procedures such as hernia surgery, gallbladder surgery, reflux surgery, and gastric and oesophageal cancer.

Your Bariatric Surgery Journey

Let your journey start here

Our Bariatric Program has been carefully designed to ensure your peace of mind and comfort with ongoing care well beyond the surgery alone.

 

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During your first consultation you will be first seen by our nurse practitioner Silvia, who will take an extensive clinical history.

During your first consult Dr Jorgensen and his nurse will discuss your blood test results and any co-existing health conditions you may have.

As there is no one-size-fits-all approach for bariatric surgery, Dr Jorgensen will weigh up the pros and cons of each bariatric procedure, ensuring your operation is customised to your health, personality and lifestyle.

You will then have another follow up with the dietitian before surgery.

Having your surgery

Prepare for surgery over 2 – 4 weeks with your VLCD as recommended.

Have your surgery at a private hospital

 

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On the day of your surgery, when you wake up there will be a “patient controlled analgesic” (PCA) pump connected to your IV drip.

This works very well for pain control and is usually removed the next day and oral analgesia is given.

Most people can sit up, mobilize and move their legs a few hours after the operation, and this is also highly encouraged.

The day of surgery you will start a “free fluid” diet this may include yoghurt, custard, milk, soup and diet cordial.

You will probably be discharged on day two post op, and will be required to take medications with you when you leave as prescribed.

After your surgery long term

After surgery you will be asked to follow the CSIRO Low-Carb Diet and lifestyle solution Book, a scientifically proven lifestyle guide for losing weight and improving health.

 

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You will also be reviewed by our nurse at 3 weeks. If you have any surgical issues Dr Jorgensen will see you. You will then need to come back to the rooms for reviews at 3, 6, 9, 12, 18, and 24 months post-surgery.

All bariatric-related consults post-surgery with either Dr Jorgensen, his dietitian or his nurse will be cost-free to the patient for two years with active referral.

These consults are unlimited and included in Dr Jorgensen’s one-off surgical service fee. 

Keeping regular appointments with Dr Jorgensen and his team – either face to face or online or via phone – will help you stay on track.

Surgery to treat Diabetes

Nearly all individuals who have surgery to treat diabetes (also called metabolic/bariatric surgery) show improvement in their diabetes, sometimes as quickly as a few days after surgery. They experience lower blood sugar levels, need less diabetes medications, and see an improvement in diabetes-related health problems. Overall, 78 percent of patients experience remission thus eliminating the need for diabetes medications.

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Diabetes surgery performed today has been highly refined over the course of the past 70 years and is among the best studied therapies in modern medicine. These operations result in less food intake and decreased calories absorbed. Most importantly, however, these operations result in changes to the metabolism that affect intestinal hormones that regulate blood sugar control, often before the patient loses any weight. In addition, these procedures reduce hunger, increase the sense of fullness after meals, and assist the body’s ability to achieve a healthy weight. Diabetes surgery has been proven to be the most effective therapy for diabetes but also greatly improves obesity and other associated conditions.

Weight Loss Sydney

Obesity and metabolic health

 Obesity is no longer considered a cosmetic issue that is caused by overeating and a lack of self-control.

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The World Health Organization (W.H.O.), along with National and International medical and scientific societies, now recognize obesity as a chronic progressive disease resulting from multiple environmental and genetic factors.

The disease of obesity is extremely costly not only in terms of economics, but also in terms of individual and societal health, longevity, and psychological well-being. Due to its progressive nature, obesity requires life-long treatment and control.

 

"The Sleeve"- 65-70% weight loss

Obesity is a chronic and devastating disease that diets alone rarely, if ever, produce significant results. Today surgery is viewed as a standard “best practice” for severe obesity.

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Dr Jorgensen is committed to providing personalised, patient-centric care that enables patients to lose 65-70% of excess body weight on average.

His all-inclusive service provides all medical, nursing and dietitian consults for two years post-surgery.

Meet Dr John Jorgensen

Dr Jorgensen has performed more than 10,000 surgical procedures. he has a special interest in Sleeve Surgery, Australia’s fastest growing weight loss surgery. 

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Dr Jorgensen performed Sydney’s first keyhole sleeve and gastric bypass surgery and is recognised as a Master Surgeon of Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery. This means his office, program and outcomes are validated to international best practice benchmarks.  He is also a regular media commentator. 

Bariatric Surgery for diabetes

Dr Jorgensen frequently treats multiple patients in the same family, with the same genetic predisposition to diabetes and obesity. 

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This is otherwise known as “diabesity”.

An international coalition of  45 medical organisations recently agreed that surgery is now a standard treatment in patients with morbid obesity who are living with Type II diabetes.

This surgical pathway represents the biggest step forward in the treatment of diabetes in nearly 100 years.  Find answers to the most asked questions on bariatric surgery for diabetes. 

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The number of overweight or obese Australians by 2025

International health organisations that now endorse bariatric surgery as standard treatment for diabetes

St George Private is Australia's No 1 bariatric hospital by volume

Weight Loss Surgeon Kogarah

Dr John Jorgensen is one of Australia’s most experienced Upper GI, General and Bariatric Surgeons.

He is Director of Bariatric Surgical Services at St George Private Hospital, Australia’s highest volume bariatric hospital and the first  hospital in Australia to be recognised internationally as a Bariatric Centre of  Excellence.

Dr Jorgensen  recognises bariatric surgery as a new paradigm in the treatment of patients with Type II diabetes; with many patients either completely resolving their diabetes within days or weeks of surgery, or significantly reducing their medication.

In The News

Dr John Jorgensen recently featured in Mamamia story

Disclaimer: All surgical results are individual. Speak to your doctor to see if bariatric surgery is suitable for you.