Excellence in Bariatric and Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery Since 2012


Locally Trained

Dr Smith is a New Zealand trained fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.


Experienced Bariatric and Laparoscopic Surgeon

Since specialising in Advanced Laparoscopic and Weight Loss Surgery in the USA in 2009, Dr Smith has performed over 1000 Weight Loss Operations.


Insurance Affiliated Provider

Aspiring Bariatrics is an Affiliated Provider to Southern Cross Health Insurance and other insurance companies for selected servicess.

Our Services

Aspiring Bariatrics Laparoscopy & Endoscopy is the specialist surgical practice of Dr Mark Smith.
Dr Smith specialises in the use of laparoscopic and minimally invasive surgical techniques to treat conditions like reflux, hernias and gallstones as well as metabolic and other complications of excess weight.  Established in 2012 our focus is on providing high quality care for the people of Otago and Southland.  We are based in Dunedin but also provide regular monthly face to face clinics in Invercargill, Queenstown as well as Zoom telehealth consultations.

Weight Loss Surgery

Dr Smith specialises in the use of the latest minimally invasive surgery techniques to help people lose weight and improve their health.  Dr Smith has been helping people achieve their weight loss surgery goals since 2009.

Hernia Repair Surgery

Dr Smith offers laparoscopic and open surgery to repair hernias of the groin and abdominal wall, as well as repairs with and without the use of mesh.

Anti-Reflux Surgery

We offer a range of laparoscopic surgical techniques for the treatment of gastro-oesophageal reflux or heartburn..

Bariatric Webinar

Please visit this link to view a free video webinar about weight loss surgery with our practice.

Region Wide Service

We are based in Dunedin but also offer regular monthly face to face clinics in Invercargill and Queenstown as well as Zoom virtual consultations.  We offer surgery at Mercy Hospital, Dunedin and Southern Cross, Queenstown.

Gallbladder Surgery

We offer laparoscopic gallbladder removal surgery for the treatment of gallstones and their complications.

Upper Endoscopy and Colonoscopy

We offer diagnostic and therapeutic Upper Endoscopy and Colonoscopy at Manaaki Day Surgery facility at Mercy Hospital 

Other Services

We also offers other services including investigation and management of benign and malignant conditions affecting the upper abdominal organs.

Latest Announcements

Groin Hernia Repairs Without Mesh

Groin Hernia Repairs Without Mesh

Using surgical mesh to reinforce the abdominal wall when repairing groin hernias has been considered the gold standard treatment since the 1990s, first as an open operation and more recently as laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery.  Mesh repairs of groin hernias have been...

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Zinc deficiency and bariatric surgery

Zinc deficiency and bariatric surgery

Zinc is a trace mineral that is used by enzymes in multiple normal body processes including the immune system, wound healing, skin and hair growth.  Oysters are a very rich source of dietary zinc, but it is also found in other shellfish, fish, red meat, cheese and...

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Calcium after bariatric surgery

Calcium after bariatric surgery

Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the human body, although almost all of it is stored in the bones and teeth.  Calcium is also used by the body for nerve conduction, blood clotting and other processes.  Calcium in our diet comes mainly from dairy products such...

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Avoiding the Clexane jabs after weight loss surgery

Avoiding the Clexane jabs after weight loss surgery

Venous thromboembolism (blood clots in the legs or lung) are rare, but still one of the most common serious complications that can happen after bariatric or weight loss surgery.  They are also mostly preventable through a combination of early activity, compression...

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PO Box 6276, Dunedin North, 9059