As a specialist surgeon, I have training accredited by the RACS and hospitals in various areas, and am happy to be consulted in these disciplines. Appointments can be made through my secretary, and enquiries addressed regarding billing and costs.
I aim to have a caring approach to surgical issues, and acknowledge that these times are usually at times of personal stress and vulnerability.
My surgical procedures are anaesthetised by skilled, qualified anaesthetists, whose skill aids prompter postoperative recovery.
I am trained in both benign and malignant breast disease. The important issues are of accurate diagnosis, and appropriate advice as to the requirements for surgery and potential benefits and risks.
Not every breast problem requires surgery, and not every patient with breast cancer requires mastectomy. Accurate diagnosis enables prompt assessment and advice, with awareness of modern techniques to acheive the best possible results.
Modern Multidsciplinary Management benefits from discussion with medical oncologists and radiotherapists, and this is undertaken at both Epworth Eastern and Eastern Health on a regular basis.
Most thyroid conditions are benign and require accurate assessment. If surgery is required, for either benign or malignant conditions, latest nerve monitoring techniques during surgery facilitate best results with voice quality postoperatively.
Hernias are a common problem and repair can be managed by either laparoscopic or open approaches. There are always potential benefits with either method, particularly with surgery under local anaesthetic and sedation in the elderly patient. It is important that the alternatives are discussed with you as part of the informed consent process.
Ultrasound diagnosed "hernias" can sometimes be managed with observation, and symptoms can sometimes be related to other conditions.
General Surgery is a speciality in its own right, and requires expertise in surgical techniques and surgical oncology, both in regard to operative tecniques but also in preoperative assessment and postoperative care to facilitate recovery.
This covers skin malignancies, vasectomy, and other "minor" procedures that if inappropriately managed can lead to unwanted problems.
Operations on the median nerve for carpal tunnel can result in marked improvement in disabling symptoms associated with nerve compression. It is important to emphasise the importance of early hand mobilisation to aid in recovery.
Minimally invasive surgery, or "keyhole" surgery, on the gallbladder or appendix can be helpful in aiding early and prompt recovery from acute painful conditions.
Accurate, experienced assessment can help in assessing when surgery is required, and facilitate recovery, or alternative investigations.
Both gastroscopy and colonoscopy are important diagnostic tools, but can be associated with complications.
It is important to have an accurate experienced assessment of symptoms to identify what treatment is appropriate.
I am accredited by the Conjoint Committee in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy in these procedures and able to give appropriate advice regarding follow-up.
A post operative appointment will be arranged following surgery.
If, however, you are febrile or unwell following surgery, it is important to seek medical attention.
This can be done via my Rooms (9898 8744), Paging Service (9387 1000), your GP, or by calling the Ambulance Service which will take you to the nearest emergency department. Ask the staff there to contact me once you are assessed.