Description

Universe is a general surgeon operating on Auckland's North Shore, with appointments at Waitemata DHB in public and in private at two locations, Southern Cross North Harbour and New Lynn. 
 
 
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, often, the 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.

Consultants

  • Mr Universe Leung

    General, Hepatopancreatobiliary, and Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon

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.

Procedures / Treatments

  • Upper Gastrointestinal Disorders

    Upper gastrointestinal surgery is a sub-specialty within general surgery which focuses on disorders of the oesophagus, stomach, small bowel, liver, gallbladder, biliary tree, pancreas, and spleen.… More

  • Laparoscopy

    Laparoscopy is a surgical technique where a surgeon gains entry into the abdomen via small incisions ("key hole") around 5-10mm in size.… More

  • Gallstones

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

  • Cholecystectomy

    Cholecystectomy is the removal of the gallbladder. It is a very common, and usually quite straightforward operation.… 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

  • Hepatectomy (liver resection)

    Liver resections involve removing part of the liver. The liver is an essential organ but has a remarkable reserve and ability to compensate.… More

  • Pancreatectomy

    Pancreatectomy involves removing part of, or the whole pancreas. These are complex operations, often with a high level of technical difficulty, risks, and side effects.… More

  • Splenectomy

    Splenectomy is an operation to remove the spleen. The spleen is a non-essential organ that has some function in the haematological (blood-forming) system of the body, and in the development of the immune system.… More

  • Gastrectomy

    Gastrectomy involves removing part of, or the entire stomach. This may be done for benign conditions such as damage from severe ulcer disease, tumours with malignant potential, or cancers.… More

  • Antireflux Surgery

    Antireflux surgery are operations to treat gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD).… More

  • Robotic Surgery

    Robotic surgery is a recent modification to laparoscopic surgery. In this technique, a robot holds instruments similar to those used in laparoscopic surgery, modified to increase precision and dexterity.… More

Contact Details

This page was last updated at 2:07PM on July 27, 2020. This information is reviewed and edited by Universe Leung - General Surgeon.