Michael James Mackey MBChB (Otago), Dip Obst & Gynae, FRACS Urology
Michael completed his MBChB in 1987, before going on to practice and complete his further studies. He now has more than 20 years surgical experience, including six years in public hospitals in New Zealand and in the UK and fourteen years in private practice. In 1998 Michael set up his own consultancy, North Shore Urology. He also operates out of Mercy Ascot Hospital.
Michael Mackey Is Auckland’s busiest private urologic surgeon. In 2007 Michael helped to instigate the purchase of New Zealand’s first da Vinci Robot at Mercy Ascot Hospital in Auckland. Since then Michael has performed over 200 procedures using this technology. Michael subspecialises in prostate cancer and laser and robotic surgery. He has Auckland’s largest experience in the following:
- Robotic Assisted Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy
- Prostate brachytherapy implants (performed by a urologist)
- Radical prostatectomy (retropubic, perineal and robotic)
- Holmium laser resection of the prostate (> than 1,000 cases).
As well as being passionate about his profession and his patients, Michael also has a range of other interests that keep him occupied! He is married and has three young energetic sons.
He still manages to make some time for his sporting activities which include golf, running and mountain biking.
What is Urology?
Urology is the branch of medicine that looks at diseases of the urinary system in females and the genitourinary system (urinary system plus genital organs) in males.
The urinary system is made up of the:
- kidneys (where urine is formed from material filtered out of the blood)
- ureters (tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder)
- bladder (a balloon-like organ that stores urine)
- sphincter muscles (muscles around the opening of the bladder into the urethra)
- urethra (the tube that carries urine to the outside of your body).
The male genital organs include the penis, scrotum and prostate gland. The prostate is a walnut-sized gland located between the bladder and the penis and in front of the rectum. The urethra passes through the center of the prostate.
A doctor who specialises in disorders of the urinary system and also the male reproductive system is known as an urologist. A doctor who specialises in kidneys and their function is called a nephrologist.