Central Auckland, East Auckland, North Auckland, South Auckland, West Auckland > Private Hospitals & Specialists >

Andrew Bowker - Laparoscopic Surgeon

Private Service, General Surgery


Andrew Bowker was involved in general surgical laparoscopy from the outset and his early experience with laparoscopic gallbladder removal led to pioneering work with hernia repair and anti-reflux surgery.

He has trained many of his New Zealand colleagues on hernia repair and runs teaching courses allied to his busy fulltime private practice. He has presented his laparoscopic experience at conferences locally and internationally. Read more about Mr Bowker here
Surgical Procedures:
What is Laparoscopic Surgery?
Laparoscopic (or keyhole) surgical procedures are performed in the abdomen through several small incisions (cuts), usually only 5-10mm long, rather than through one large incision.
The laparoscope is a long narrow instrument which has a light source and tiny camera attached. It is inserted through one of the incisions so that the surgeon can view the inside of the body on a video monitor.
The surgeon then passes specially designed surgical instruments through the other incisions and carries out the procedure using the monitor to guide the instruments.
Laparoscopic surgery is usually associated with less blood loss, less pain and less scarring, compared to open surgery.  In most cases, time spent in hospital and the overall recovery time from the operation are reduced.


Referral Expectations

It is usual for you to be referred to your surgeon by your general practitioner. The surgeon will ask questions about your condition and examine you. Further investigations (blood tests, x-rays, endoscopy) may be requested. Once the diagnosis is confirmed, treatment will be discussed. If surgery is indicated, you can expect a full explanation of what is involved and a quote/estimate of costs will be provided.

You will have your consultation with Mr Bowker and your surgical procedure carried out at Laparoscopy Auckland.


Andrew Bowker is a Southern Cross Affiliated Provider for general surgery (gall bladder, hernia) services.

  • General surgery (gall bladder, hernia)
  • - Laparoscopic cholecystectomy
  • - Laparoscopic cholecystectomy with an intraoperative cholangiogram
  • - Laparoscopic repair of inguinal/femoral hernia
  • - Laparoscopic repair of incisional hernia
  • - Open cholecystectomy
  • - Open repair of incisional hernia
  • - Open repair of umbilical/epigastric hernia
  • - Open repair of inguinal/femoral hernia 
  • Skin cancer diagnosis & surgery
  • - Skin lesion removal under general anaesthesia, with another procedure
  • Procedures / Treatments

    • Gallstones

      Gallstones, small stone-like structures, form in the fluid (bile) that is stored in the gallbladder.  They may vary from the size of a grain of sand to a golf ball and there may be one or hundreds present.… More PDF

    • Hernias

      A hernia exists where part of the abdominal wall is weakened and the contents of the abdomen push through to the outside, forming a swelling or bulge.  Common sites are in the groin (inguinal hernia), at the umbilicus or belly button (umbilical or para-umbilical hernia), the upper abdominal midline above… More PDF

    Public Transport

    The Auckland Transport Journey Planner will help you to plan your journey.


    Parking is available for patients and visitors in the front carpark and on Gillies Ave. Be aware that there restrictions regarding parking on Gillies Ave early in the morning and later in the afternoon.

    Contact Details

    148 Gillies Avenue, Auckland

    Central Auckland

    Use our online contact form

    148 Gillies Ave
    Auckland 1023

    Information about this location

    View on Google Maps

    Get directions

    Street Address

    148 Gillies Ave
    Auckland 1023

    Postal Address

    148 Gillies Ave
    Auckland 1023

    This page was last updated at 11:30AM on September 14, 2020. This information is reviewed and edited by Andrew Bowker - Laparoscopic Surgeon.