A woman who once tipped the scales at almost 130 kilograms has shed close to half her body weight, using gastric banding surgery, paid for by her superannuation.
As more and more Australians struggle with obesity, the surgical procedure is becoming an ever popular option to help those get their health back on track.
In an interview with Joanna Metzikis revealed that she made a decision to have the surgery because she struggled with weight issues since she was a teen. This lead to her suffering from high blood pressure and lower back problems as an adult.
Joanna Metzikis (pictured) revealed show gastric banding surgery, funded by her superannuation, helped her lose 55 kilograms
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The surgery, which comes with a $25,000 price tag, was funded through her superannuation, and she said though it’s reduced her retirement savings by half, she has no regrets.
It’s a move that’s becoming increasingly common. Last year more than 15,000 Australians drew down more than $200 million in superannuation to fund medical procedures.
A new lease of life: Since having the surgery, Ms Metzikis said she now a lot healthier and loves exercising
Ms Metzikis (pictured) and her new partner are committed to healthy living
Following the surgery, Ms Metzikis revealed she had dropped almost half her body weight and has slimmed down from 130 kilograms to a healthier 73 kilograms.
As a young woman in her 30s, she said so much had changed in the two years since undergoing the procedure.
‘I’m a lot healthier, I love exercising. I met my partner we started a life together and just mental health as well a lot better.’
The weight loss surgery involves reducing the size of the stomach with a band or by removing a portion of the stomach.
Commenting on the rise of the trend, bariatric surgeon Dr Arun Dhir said he had seen a five-fold increase in patients using their super to fund their gastro surgery.
Dr Arun Dhir believes using superannuation to fund gastro surgeries is a viable option
He said those with retirement savings available to cover the cost of the procedure may want to consider this option.
‘I say that there is no use of superannuation to a dead person.’
However, the practice of using super funds to pay for surgery is raising questions.
Financial Services Minister Kelly O’Dwyer is calling for public and industry feedback on the circumstances on which people should be allowed to access their superannuation earlier than the 60-year-old entitlement age.
Ms Metzikis stands by her decision to dip into her superannuation to fund her life-changing surgery
Ms Metzikis said she stands by her decision to use her superannuation to fund her life-changing surgery.
p class=”mol-para-with-font”>’I just thought that I want to live to be able to use that money and I might not if I don’t do it now,’ she concluded.
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