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Sanket (Sunny) Srinivasa – General & HPB/Upper GI Surgeon

Private Service, General Surgery


Sanket Srinivasa is a general surgeon specialising in Upper GI and Liver/Pancreas/Biliary Surgery with specialist expertise in minimally invasive (laparoscopic/robotic) surgery. He is New Zealand's only hepatobiliary (HPB) surgeon with formal robotic training and offers Robotic/ Laparoscopic HPB Surgery in conjunction with his colleagues at Harbour Surgery Centre. Sanket offers urgent appointments (within 24 hours) if requested and can offer surgery semi-acutely when appropriate (e.g. urgent cholecystectomy).

Sanket consults from three locations in Auckland (see on the left) and his surgery is perfomed at Southern Cross North Harbour and at Franklin Hospital in Pukekohe.

Sanket also works as a consultant surgeon at North Shore Hospital and is a Senior Lecturer in Surgery at the University of Auckland.

What is General Surgery?
The role of the general surgeon varies, but in broad terms general surgery can be said to deal with a wide range of conditions within the abdomen, breast, neck, skin and, in some cases, vascular (blood vessel) system.
While the name would suggest that the focus of general surgery is to perform operations, often this is not the case. Many patients are referred to surgeons with conditions that do not need surgical procedures, but merely require counselling or medical treatment.
What is an HPB/Upper GI Surgeon?
HPB stands for 'Hepatopancreaticobiliary' and encompasses diseases of the liver (hepato), pancreas (pancreatico) and biliary system. Upper GI (Gastrointestinal) refers to the oesophagus, stomach and small intestine. An HPB/ Upper GI surgeon specialises in the treatment of these diseases (e.g. gallstones, pancreas cancer, liver cancer, reflux etc). HPB/Upper GI is a subspecialty area of General Surgery and this training is usually acquired over several years after completing specialist training as a General Surgeon. In Sanket's case, this training was acquired by working in New Zealand, UK and USA. 

What is Laparoscopic Surgery?
Laparoscopic (or keyhole) surgical procedures are performed through several small cuts (incisions) usually only 5-10mm long, rather than through one large incision.

A long, narrow surgical telescope (laparoscope) that has a tiny camera and light source attached, is inserted through one of the incisions so that the surgeon can view the inside of the body on a TV monitor.

The surgeon then passes specially designed surgical instruments through the other incisions and carries out the procedure using the TV monitor to guide the instruments.

Laparoscopic surgery is usually associated with less blood loss during surgery and less pain and scarring following surgery. In most cases, time spent in hospital is less and overall recovery time from the operation is less than with conventional open surgery.

What is Robotic Surgery?
Robotic surgery is advanced technology which builds upon the advantages of laparoscopic surgery and can allow complex operations (e.g. operations for pancreas or liver cancer) to be completed in a minimally invasive manner. This technology is commonplace overseas but not widely available in NZ yet. Dr Srinivasa is trained in the discipline of Robotic Surgery and will recommend it to patients when appropriate.


How do I access this service?


Contact us

Please contact 09-4409930 for appointments or contact sunny@harboursurgery.co.nz. GP or specialist referral is usually required. Other pathways of referral are via SR for GPs or through EDI (harbasur) 

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Referral Expectations

When you come to your appointment, your surgeon will ask questions about your illness and examine you to try to determine or confirm the diagnosis. This process may also require a number of tests (e.g. blood tests, x-rays, scans etc). Sometimes this can all be done during one visit, but for some conditions this will take several follow-up appointments. Occasionally some tests are arranged even before your appointment to try to speed up the process.
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 surgery is advised, the steps involved in the surgical process and the likely outcome are usually discussed with you at this time.


Dr Srinivasa is a Southern Cross Affiliated Provider under the General Surgery category. He is also part of the NIB Network. He accepts all other major insurance plans and his rooms can provide charges and help organise pre-approval.


Please contact the main number during weekdays 8.30AM to 5.00PM for enquiries and appointments

Languages Spoken

English, Hindi, Marathi

Procedures / Treatments

  • Liver Resection / Ablation

    Liver resection (AKA hepatectomy/ hepatic resection) is a complex surgical procedure which is usually indicated for primary or secondary cancers of the liver.… More

  • Pancreas Surgery

    Surgery of the pancreas is usually reserved for precancerous or cancerous lesions of the pancreas.… More

  • Complex Biliary Surgery

    The biliary system consists of tubes that connect the liver to the intestine.… More

  • Gallstones / Biliary Colic / Cholecystectomy

    General surgery covers some disorders of the liver and biliary system.… More

  • Cholecystectomy

    Laparoscopic: several small incisions (cuts) are made in the abdomen (stomach) and a narrow tube with a tiny camera attached (laparoscope) is inserted.… More

  • Stomach Surgery

    Stomach surgery (AKA Gastric resection/ Gastrectomy) may be necessary for cancerous (e.g.… More

  • Surgery for Reflux / Fundoplication

    Reflux or heartburn can be troubling. It is often caused due to stomach acid irritating the oesophagus and contributing factors can include a hiatus hernia where part of the stomach may be in the chest.… More

  • Hernias

    A hernia exists where part of the abdominal wall is weakened, and the contents of the abdomen push through to the outside.… More

  • Gastrointestinal Disorders

    Conditions of the gut dealt with by general surgery include disorders of the oesophagus, stomach, small bowel, large bowel and anus.… More

  • Splenectomy

    Removal of the spleen can be required as a planned, elective procedure for certain blood disorders or cancers.… More

  • Endocrine Disorders

    Abnormalities of the endocrine system treated by general surgery include disorders of the pancreas and adrenal glands in the abdomen and the thyroid and parathyroid glands in the neck. These are often very complex conditions requiring extensive investigations.… More

  • Skin Disorders

    Skin conditions dealt with by general surgery include lumps, tumours and other lesions of the skin and underlying tissues.… More

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Free and convenient parking is available at all sites where Sanket does consultations


For patients from out of town, Sanket's team will help organise accommodation. This is usually at Quest Takapuna which have rooms but also individual units with kitchenettes. 


Unichem Northern Clinic Pharmacy is conveniently located on site.

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This page was last updated at 7:34PM on December 17, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Sanket (Sunny) Srinivasa – General & HPB/Upper GI Surgeon.