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Specialist in Obesity, Upper Gastrointestinal & General Surgery
Dr Alex Craven is passionate about working with patients to help them live longer and healthier lives.
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Specialist in Obesity, Upper Gastrointestinal & General Surgery Bulleen

Dr Alex Craven Provides Specialised Care In

Dr Alex Craven

MBBS, FRACS (Obesity Surgeon, Upper Gastrointestinal and General Surgeon)

Dr Alex Craven is a general surgeon specialising in Obesity and Upper Gastrointestinal surgery. He provides consultation and surgery through Advanced Surgical and Darebin Weight Loss Surgery and also works as an Obesity and Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon at the Austin Hospital.

Alex studied medicine at the University of Queensland and trained in general surgery at the Austin and Northern Hospitals through the Royal Australian College of Surgeons (RACS), before completing post-fellowship training in obesity surgery and upper gastrointestinal surgery.

Dr Alex Craven is most passionate about working with patients to control obesity and its related diseases, in order to live longer, healthier lives. Through Darebin Weight Loss he can provide coordinated multidisciplinary obesity care - including supervised lifestyle intervention and obesity medication, as well as surgery.

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Back to multidisciplinary management at its finest, working together to make the magic happen with two very knowledgeable dudes, and an all-round awesome team @austinhealth_
I try to use ‘we’ rather than ‘I’ when I talk about operations, to acknowledge the team around me is extremely important.
One of the key parts of that team is the anaesthetist- experts in safety and comfort around surgery and superb assets when times are tough. 
#anaesthetist #surgery #generalsurgeon #operatingroom #teamwork #anaesthesia
I’m told I’m overdue a transition.
Haven’t done one of these for a while! Landmark first transition for the lovely new Northern Private Hospital where we provide a full range of general surgery, endoscopy, upper gastrointestinal surgery, and bariatric surgery. 
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Stepping UP, not back.
Caring for those with complex disease isn’t always easy. In this case physical equipment limitations were blocking access to important cardiac investigations for those with severe obesity. 
Rather than accept this, or settle for second rate pre-operative workup, our anaesthesia, cardiac and surgical teams came together, to pool our resources and make it happen. Thanks in particular to @jarrydwalkley, nurse liaison extraordinaire and anaesthetist Doug Hacking for advocating for and coordinating equitable access to high-quality care for those who really need it.
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Quick fishing trip (fishing a couple of wayward gallstones out of a bile duct that is).
Gallstones most commonly cause trouble from inside the gallbladder, but can escape into the bile duct (tube taking bile from the liver to the bowel). These days we can usually get them out at the same time as the gallbladder operation, avoiding a second procedure to clear the bile duct.
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Why do I feel like need to say this?! 
In most disease, we look at the available treatments and choose the most effective, (like the one that keeps the most people alive for instance). Or we start with low impact treatment, check the response and keep stepping up until we meet our 🎯 target.
We can (and should) approach overweight and obesity the same way, and when we do, people live longer and better quality lives. Unfortunately, to do so means letting go of the idea that telling people to try harder to beat their body’s biology is all we need to do, and a lot of people are really attached to that…
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