ABLE Moving to Dunedin

With the holidays approaching, there are some changes in store for ABLE Ltd and myself.  In January 2018, I will be relocating to Dunedin with my family to take up a position at Dunedin hospital.  Although the reasons for any move like this are numerous, one of the primary goals for me was to protect the future of bariatric surgery in the south.  This will entail working with my upper gastrointestinal surgeon colleagues in Dunedin to support the delivery of surgery for benign and malignant upper gastrointestinal disease throughout the south;...

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Wilbur: The King in the Ring

Notable Pictures have just released a brilliant New Zealand made documentary of one man’s struggle with obesity and journey back to health. It stars Wilbur McDougall, a former pro wrestler, who agrees to let his best friend J. Ollie Lucks make a documentary about his laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy surgery and subsequent transformation. It is a very human story, and is told with respect and compassion. I would highly recommend it for anyone contemplating weight loss surgery, or who knows others who have had it. Wilbur: The King in the...

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ORBERA® Intra-gastric Balloon

  Here at Aspiring Bariatrics we are pleased to announce that we are now offering the ORBERA® Intra-Gastric balloon.  The ORBERA® balloon is a temporary endoscopic treatment that helps people to feel full, and therefore lose more weight while undertaking a diet and exercise program than with diet and exercise alone.  The ORBERA® balloon is placed under conscious sedation during an outpatient endoscopic procedure, and is removed six months later by a similar procedure.  It is accompanied by a supervised diet and exercise program lasting...

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Agreed prices for bariatric surgery in Dunedin and Invercargill

I am pleased to announce that ABLE Ltd now has agreed pricing contracts in place for Mercy Hospital in Dunedin and Southern Cross Hospital in Invercargill.  These contracts mean that people are able to know in advance how much their surgery is going to cost and what is included.  In general we have structured our costs to include follow-up for two years following surgery, with the surgeon and dietitian. Prices and inclusions vary slightly according to which operation you choose and where you choose to have the surgery.  To find out more...

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Dunedin clinic dates for November and December

Dr Smith will be doing a clinic at Suite 22, Marinoto clinic, Mercy Hospital Dunedin for Otago based patients on Friday 23rd of November, and another on Thursday 6th of December.  Please contact us to schedule an appointment or for further information.

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Dunedin clinic dates for October

A Dunedin bariatric clinic date has been set for October.  Dr Smith will be consulting at Suite 22, Marinoto Clinic, Mercy Hospital, Dunedin on Friday 26th October.  If you are interested in seeing Dr Smith for a consultation regarding bariatric surgery please contact us or talk to your GP.

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