Our Approach

We are a Multidisciplinary Team

Providing You With Qualified and Experienced Support At Every Step Of Your Journey

Our approach

Our goal at Toowoomba Bariatric Surgery is to partner with you on a weight-loss journey that will help you live a longer, fuller and healthier life. We are a skilled and experienced multidisciplinary team who pride ourselves on being friendly and approachable, understanding, and non-judgemental.  Every member of our team is an advocate for those who struggle with weight and weight-related health issues – some of us share those struggles too!  We understand that undergoing bariatric surgery is a significant life-changing decision, and we are committed to guiding and educating each and every one of you to reach the best decision for your own long term health and wellbeing. Our philosophy here is to consider you – the whole of you – and not simply your number on the scales. We aim to build a trusting, helpful and supportive, long-term relationship – a relationship that provides you with the best experience possible before, during, and after surgery as you navigate this life-long journey.

What can you expect from us?

Easy access:  Easy access to us, and open, honest communication with our knowledgable administrative team, specialist bariatric practice nurse, dietician and Dr Willingham.

Short waiting list for surgery: From the time of your final appointment with Dr Willingham, to the earliest available surgery date is usually no longer than 3 weeks.  However, where patients are applying to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) for early release of superannuation funds, this time frame may extend anywhere from 3 to 6 weeks.  Additionally, if you require any further medical assessments or test, for example a gastroscopy as part of your workup, then this time frame may again be extended.

Individualised care: Individualised care involves tailoring a treatment plan to meet the specific need of each of our patients. This approach recognises that every person has unique requirements and challenges that can impact upon their management and weight loss journey. We strive to ensure that the care we provide is relevant to you, your needs, and your goals, and we will schedule your appointments accordingly.

Comprehensive assessment and evaluation: Our clinical team will conduct a thorough evaluation of your medical and surgical history, lifestyle, behavioural health and motivation, to determine whether or not weight-loss surgery is a safe and appropriate option for you.  If necessary, referrals can also be made for psychological assessment and support.

Clear, simple, comprehensive education prior surgery: The education that we will provide you is designed to help you make informed decisions, prepare for surgery, and begin to adopt healthy lifestyle changes that will lead to long-term weight loss success.  You will receive education on the different types of bariatric surgical options, including the benefits, risks, and potential complications of each choice. The importance of, and need to follow post-surgery guidelines will be explained to you. You will also be given clear instructions and directions regarding post operative wound care, pain management and the need for follow-up appointments.

Comprehensive nutritional education and guidance: Dietetic education and support is an essential component of both the pre-operative and post-operative care of our patients undergoing bariatric surgery. Our dietitian will provide you with guidance on appropriate food choices, portion sizes, meal planning, nutritional supplementation, and behaviour modification to help you achieve long-term weight loss success and improve your overall health.  This will be an ongoing and long-term relationship as you navigate obstacles and learn to manage your new relationship with food.

Ongoing monitoring, education and support: In the long-term, education and support will continue during your visits with us, and will be tailored to your specific needs. We will monitor your progress, order routine blood tests, and help you to navigate any obstacles that you encounter. Basically, we will tag along with your on your journey to better health!

But there is MORE to offer ….

Dr Evan Willingham

is pleased to partner with

In Supporting You Towards A Healthier Future!

About the FRESH START Program

The FRESH START Program provides our patients with a comprehensive two-year online support, education and coaching program that is delivered to you before and after your surgery. With lifestyle and mindset components, it’s specifically designed to enhance your surgical experience and to help you to achieve long-lasting weight and health results. Created and run by an experienced, qualified professional health coaching team, the Program is designed to guide and help motivate you to achieve the weight, lifestyle, and health results you desire after surgery.

Over the course of two years, you can look forward to:

  • Regular online webinars and group coaching sessions to assist you to create momentum, overcome challenges, and stay motivated.
  • Access to a private online support forum where you can ask questions, get additional support from our team of health coaches, and personally share your experiences with fellow participants who are on the same journey as you.
  • Access to online healthy lifestyle and mindset resources and videos to educate and inspire you to create health-supporting habits that will assist you to reach your ideal weight and optimal health.
  • Powerful mindset tools to boost your motivation, clear old habits and beliefs, and empower you to achieve lasting positive results.
  • Strategies, tips and plans designed to make movement work for you, even if it hasn’t in the past.
  • Healthy food suggestions and quick, delicious recipes.
  • A Get Back On Track’ online program to assist you if you’re struggling.
  • Email support (response from coaches guaranteed), and
  • Bonus resources including inspiring interviews with patients who have achieved their weight and health goals, so you can learn from them and get great results too.