Welcome to ECBS!

Epworth Centre for Bariatric Surgery was established in 1998. It contributed significantly to the development of weight loss surgery in Australia. For the past 20 years, we have committed to providing safe, reliable and effective surgical management for our obesity patients.

We provide a full range of surgical options from gastric band to sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass.

We are also one of the most experienced group offering revision surgeries and looking after patients who need help after their initial weight loss procedure, such as inadequate weight loss, weight regain or severe acid reflux.

Information Seminars

Bariatric surgery information seminars are programs that give you an opportunity to learn about our surgeons and care team, weight loss options available and how bariatric surgery can change your life.

In these free information seminars, you will find out more about the Bariatric procedures and meet our surgeons Dr. Harry Frydenberg, Dr. Ernest Lim and Dr. Yuan Cheng and their support team.

Meet Our Expert TeamOur dedicated surgeons are available to assist in delivering high-quality treatment and expert care.
  • Mr Harry Frydenberg AM
    Mr Harry Frydenberg AM M.B.B.S., F.R.A.C.S. Laparoscopic, Bariatric Surgeon and Endoscopist

    Dr. Harry Frydenberg AM, Surgeon, Director of the Epworth Centre for Bariatric Surgery in Melbourne, Australia, is a highly experienced general surgeon who has been involved in Bariatric (Obesity) Surgery in Australia for more than 30 years. He performs a wide range of Bariatric Surgical procedures including Gastric Banding, Roux-en-Y and One Anastomosis Gastric Bypass and Sleeve Gastrectomy.

  • Mr Ernest Kah-Seong Lim
    Mr Ernest Kah-Seong Lim M.B.B.S., F.R.A.C.S. Laparoscopic and General Surgeon

    Mr Ernest Lim offers specialist surgical skills in Weight Loss Surgery, Endocrine Surgery, General Surgery and Endoscopy (Gastroscopy and Colonoscopy). He gained his General Surgery Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2001. He then completed further training in Canterbury, England in Endocrine Surgery and in Hull, East Yorkshire, England in Laparoscopic / Bariatric Surgery and was a clinical lecturer (Surgery) at Hull Royal Infirmary.

  • Mr Yuan Cheng
    Mr Yuan Cheng M.B.B.S., F.R.A.C.S., PGDipSurgAnatBariatric (Obesity) Surgeon
    General Surgeon

    Mr. Yuan Cheng is a qualified general surgeon whose special area of interest lies in bariatric (obesity) surgery, for which he has undertaken extensive subspecialty training in both Australia and Europe. After graduating from the University of Melbourne in 2004, Yuan underwent many years of training, practice,

  • Dr Chiu Kang
    Dr Chiu Kang FRACS MBBS BMedSc MSurgicalEdBariatric, Upper GI and General Surgeon

    After graduating from University of Melbourne Medical School in 2010, Chiu spent 8 years training as a General Surgeon in various hospitals in Victoria and received his fellowship in General Surgery from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeon in 2019.

Obesity: A Chronic Disease

OBESITY is a serious and debilitating chronic disease, impact in a person’s daily life.

People suffering from obesity had struggled to lose weight despite many attempts with exercise and dieting alone. Modern bariatric surgery is the only proven method for significant and sustainable weight loss. It has also been shown to improve other obesity related health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, depression etc.

More and more surgical options are becoming available. There has never been a better time for patients who need help to consider bariatric surgery.

Understand Your ChoicesUnderstanding your weight loss treatment options is essential.
  • Sleeve Gastrectomy

    Sleeve gastrectomy also referred to as vertical sleeve, gastric sleeve or tube gastrectomy is a surgical procedure performed for the treatment of obesity.

  • Gastric Bypass

    Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB), commonly called simply "gastric bypass", is one of the most popularly performed bariatric procedures worldwide and has long been considered the "gold standard" of bariatric surgery.

  • Mini Gastric Bypass

    The One Anastomosis Gastric Bypass (OAGB), also known as "mini-gastric bypass" was first reported in 2001. The OAGB is a minimally invasive procedure performed with laparoscopic technique.

  • Lap Band

    In this procedure, a hollow band made of special material is placed around the stomach near its upper end, creating a small pouch

  • Intragastric Balloon (Orbera)

    Gastric balloon, also called endoscopic intragastric balloon, is a non-surgical weight-loss procedure which involves the insertion of a specialized

Am I a Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery?
You may be an ideal candidate for weight loss surgery if your:
  • BMI is 35 or higher
  • Attempts to lose weight over a prolonged period of time did not yield any significant results
  • Body is experiencing obesity-related conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure etc.
  • A lower BMI between 30-35 may be accepted for patients with severe type 2 diabetes.
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