Our Bariatric Surgery Unit offers specialised care for patients struggling with obesity and is internationally accredited by Proventi.

The four multidisciplinary teams of accredited bariatric surgeons, Prof Zacharia Koto, Dr Ramsey Maluleke, Dr Oleh Matsevych and Dr Elbashir Osman, provide comprehensive treatment options.

Understanding Bariatric Surgery  

Bariatric surgery involves altering the stomach and intestines to assist with weight loss, offering benefits in cosmetic appearance, health and mental wellbeing. The high incidence of obesity necessitates effective management programmes as obesity rates continue to rise, especially in South Africa.

Health risks related to obesity:

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Various cancers (breast, colon, endometrial, gallbladder, kidney, liver)

Procedure Details  

Bariatric surgery, performed under general anaesthesia, may involve large incisions or laparoscopic techniques, depending on the patient's health. The surgery typically lasts several hours and requires a few days of hospital recovery.

Medical aid coverage

Many medical schemes cover bariatric surgery if it is deemed necessary to preserve a member’ health. For specific coverage details, it is recommended that you contact your scheme directly.