Surgical Services

In addition to weight loss (bariatric) surgery, we also provide services in the following areas. 

Thyroid Surgery

This involves the removal of part or all of the thyroid gland. There are a few types of thyroid removal surgeries. Our team will recommend a certain type, after considering a range of factors, including the condition of the thyroid and your overall health.

Breast Cancer Surgery

Many women during their life will require the removal of a lump from their breast.

Lumps can be harmless, such as a cyst, or they can be cancerous, and removal of the lumo and access to the lymphatic tissue is required.

Mr Abbas has extensive training in this type of surgery, as well as oncoplastic surgery, or breast conserving surgery, enabling the patient to retain as much of the natural breast tissue as possible. 

Colonoscopy & Gastroscopy

These are common and safe procedures used to examine the health of your digestive system. These procedures can also be used as part of the treatment.

During the examination, biopsies, a small sample of tissue, may be taken – this is completely painless and safe. If necessary, some conditions may be treated through the endoscope.

It will only take 15 – 30 minutes for a thorough examination to be completed, and we will be able to discuss  the results with you before you go home.

Laparoscopic (keyhole) Surgery for Gallbladder, Appendix & Hernia

Laparoscopic surgery, or keyhole surgery, is a surgical method used to access the interior of the body through a small incision, removing the need for open surgery. Doctors will recommend this surgery to help diagnose a condition, or repair / remove any problems.

There are many benefits to laparoscopic surgery such as:

  • Less pain
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Shorter recovery time
  • Smaller scars
  • Less chance for infection
  • Provide a more accurate diagnosis
  • Less expensive.

At Ballarat Bariatrics, Mr Abbas uses laparoscopic surgery for issues pertaining to hernias, the appendix, and the gallbladder.

Keyhole gallbladder surgery (Laparoscopic cholecystectomy) is currently the “gold standard” treatment for gallstones. It is a minimally invasive surgery performed to remove the entire gallbladder along with the gallstones. This is the only effective treatment for gallstones as the removal of only the gallstones can lead to recurrence in the following months or years.

Bowel Cancer Management

Surgery is the most common treatment for removing the cancer from your bowel. During surgery the piece of bowel that contains the cancer is removed and the two open ends are joined together (anastomosis).  

The lymph nodes near the bowel may also be removed because this is the first place to which the cancer may spread.

Pilonidal Surgery

A pilonidal sinus is a problem in your natal cleft (the area between your buttocks) that can cause infection. Surgery is the most dependable way to remove the pilonidal sinus and pockets of infection.

Anti-reflux Surgery

Anti-reflux surgery is used in the treatment of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) when medicines are not successful. Laparoscopic (keyhole) antireflux surgery is a minimally-invasive procedure that corrects gastroesophageal reflux by creating an effective valve mechanism at the bottom of the esophagus.

Varicose Vein Surgery

The operation is usually performed under a general anaesthetic, but a local anaesthetic can be used. The operation takes between 20 minutes to 3 hours, depending on your situation.

Haemorrhoid Treatment (HAL-RAR)

HAL-RAR is a minimally invasive alternative to conventional treatments and provides effective relief from all the symptoms of haemorrhoids. It is suitable for treating low to medium grade haemorrhoids, and is extremely effective in addressing the symptoms of haemorrhoidal disease.