Our General Surgery service provides both emergency (acute) and planned (elective) surgery for people in the Wellington region and Kāpiti Coast as well as providing specialist surgery services to the Central region.
We work with patients in hospital as well as outpatients. Our surgeons don't just perform operations - many patients are referred to surgeons with conditions that do not need surgical procedures, but merely require counselling or medical treatment.
When you come to your appointment, your surgeon will ask questions about your illness and examine you to determine or confirm your diagnosis. This process may also require a number of tests (e.g. blood tests, x-rays, scans). Sometimes this can all be done during one visit, but for some conditions this will take several follow-up appointments. Some tests can be arranged before your appointment.
Once a diagnosis has been made, your surgeon will discuss treatment with you. In some instances this will mean surgery, while other cases can be managed with medication and advice.
If you need surgery, the steps involved in the surgical process and the likely outcome are usually discussed with you at this time.