Southern Cross Affiliated Provider for Consultations

We are pleased to announce that we have added Consultations to the list of Affiliated Provider services we contract with Southern Cross Health Insurance.  This means that for people with Southern Cross Health Insurance, we are able to directly invoice your insurer and all you will need to pay for on the day is your co-pay (if applicable). In addition, we are also Southern Cross Affiliated Providers for laparoscopic gallbladder surgery, hernia surgery, anti-reflux surgery, skin surgery, gastroscopy and colonoscopy. For people with other health...

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Resources added to web site

I have been busy updating the web site over the past couple of weeks, in particular adding many resources for patients and doctors.  In particular I have added a page about gallbladder surgery, and updated the previous links page, now called resources.  This page contains downloadable patient information resources about gastro-oesophageal reflux and weight loss surgery, as well as our new patient and GP information guidelines for follow-up after bariatric surgery. The web site has also been updated to confirm our status as affiliated...

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Laparoscopic groin hernia repairs

Hernias are where a weakness in the abdominal wall allow some of the abdominal contents to squeeze out so they sit directly beneath the skin.  One of the most common sites of hernias is the groin also known as an inguinal hernia. As a primarily mechanical problem, groin hernias have long been fixed by surgery.  In fact, surgery is the recommended treatment for almost all groin hernias.  The choice of operation has evolved over time with using surgical mesh to reinforce the abdominal wall becoming the gold standard since 1989.  The most recent...

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On mesh and hernia repairs

There have been a number of articles published in the popular press recently discussing the use of mesh in surgery, and associated complications.  Unfortunately this is a complex topic, and the published articles have in many cases made it more confusing. The use of artificial materials in surgery is something that has been going on for some time, with many benefits.  Millions of people have benefited from joint replacements, mechanical heart valves, and artificial lenses to restore sight following cataract removal.  The role of surgical mesh...

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New operating theatre at Southern Cross Hospital, Invercargill

On Friday I had the pleasure of attending the formal opening of the new operating theatre (theatre 3) at Southern Cross Hospital, Invercargill.  This is a state of the art facility and includes a military grade, high definition, Black Diamond video system, the first of its kind in New Zealand. This new operating theatre underscores Southern Cross Hospital’s commitment to advanced laparoscopic surgery including weight loss surgery.  Advanced laparoscopic surgery is very dependant on having technology which is of very high quality as well...

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Laparoscopic fundoplication information added

An information page on gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, including information on diagnosis and surgical treament options has just been added to the web site.  Please click here for more information. This page includes detailed information about laparoscopic fundoplication or anti-reflux surgery, including the differences between partial and total (or Nissen) fundoplication.

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