About limedigital March 19, 2024

About Us

Michael is an experienced endoscopist and also highly experienced in open and laparoscopic surgery, has over the years performed more than 5000 laparoscopic operations for gallstones, hernia, reflux and weight loss. He has been lucky to straddle the era when major abdominal surgery transitioned into major laparoscopic surgery giving him skills in both open and laparoscopic surgery. 

He also has an appointment at North Shore Hospital (Te Whatu Ora Waitemata) was a previous Clinical Director and over the years has trained many upper GI and Bariatric Fellows who are now practising consultants in New Zealand and overseas. He is a member of a number of Surgical Societies.

He has lead Bariatric clinical research at North Shore including Randomised Controlled trials for the treatment of obesity and Type 2 diabetes as well as antireflux surgery trials. He is particularly interested in the long term outcomes of surgery and has published on this. 

He is an Affiliated Provider with Southern Cross Health Care.

“We need to look at our outcomes to look forwards in our practice”. 

What We Do

We are a specialist surgical practice offering up to date laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery for patients with 

Hernia symptoms and treatment

A Hernia is an abnormal protrusion through a body space such as the abdominal wall. Whilst some do not require treatment, others require their hernia repaired because of hernia symptoms. These include ditstressing swelling, pain and discomfort, interference with lifestyle and risk of bowel strangulation. An individual tailored approach to each hernia is required. Types of hernia include:

  • Inguinal hernia
  • Umbilical hernia (Belly Button) hernia
  • Incisional hernia
  • Hiatus hernia
  • Internal hernia

Mesh is often needed to perform a safe and durable repair. Mesh has received bad press because of complications in womens’ incontinence surgery. Reassuringly these problems are seldom seen in our hernia repair patients. Mesh is a finely woven suture material(either polypropylene or polyester) with wide pores which is well incorporated into tissues to provide strength and an earlier recovery for patients with less pain. In general hernia suture repair(without mesh) is inferior to mesh repair unless the hernia defect is less than 1 cm in size.

Gallbladder removal surgery - Laparoscopic cholecystectomy

Gallstones are common in our population. Gallbladder symptoms can include severe upper abdominal and chest pain as well as more serious conditions including acute cholecystitis, cholangitis and pancreatitis. Treatment includes removing the gallbladder via laparoscopic surgery as it is diseased and produces the gallstones.

Gastroesophageal Reflux and Hiatus Hernia Surgery

Acid Reflux(Sometimes abbreviated as GERD or GORD) and Hiatus hernias are very common. Sometimes patients will require surgery(hiatal herniorraphy) because their symptoms cannot be controlled well medically or the patient does not wish to take lifelong medication.

Weight loss Surgery and Medical Management of patients with weight problems

Obesity is a serious disease and for those patients who are unable to lose weight by conventional means we offer a range of services including medical management and pharmacological therapy supervised by our bariatric physician Dr Chaey Leem (www.medicalweightsolutions.co.nz) to surgery which includes laparoscopic gastric bypass and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. We have intensive dietitian, psychologist and nursing support. We encourage our patients to attend or participate online in our monthly support groups to help you on your journey.

Visit surgicalweightsolutions.co.nz for more information.
Support Groups

We offer support groups for our patients who have undergone weight loss surgery. There is a 2 year programme with monthly meetings run by our psychologist and dietitian which we encourage all of our patients to participate in.
A problem shared is a problem halved.


Weight loss surgery is only part of the equation.

Our support goes so much further.

Our Team are committed to providing world-class support from start to finish.

Through our comprehensive consultation we endeavour to find the best solution for you, tailored to your needs and wants.

Effortless Inquiry

    Visit Us

    Unit 14/326 Sunset Road
    Windsor Park
    Auckland 0632

    Opening Hours

    Monday - Friday: 8 am - 4:30 pm
    Saturday - Closed
    Sunday - Closed

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