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Dr Ravi Suppiah - Auckland Rheumatology & Sports Medicine

Private Service, Rheumatology

Today

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

Description

Auckland Rheumatology and Sports Medicine is the private practice of Dr Ravi Suppiah.  Dr Suppiah is a rheumatologist with experience in all areas of rheumatology.  His clinical interests include all musculoskeletal problems, sports medicine, inflammatory and degenerative arthritis and complex autoimmune disease including SLE and systemic vasculitis.  

He has post graduate qualifications in sports medicine (PGDipSportsMed) and a doctorate (MD) in systemic vasculitis. By combining experience in the diagnosis and management of inflammatory and soft tissue problems he is able provide a holistic approach to your overall musculoskeletal needs.  He is also uniquely skilled to discriminate injury from inflammatory disease.  Dr Suppiah routinely uses ultrasound to help in diagnosis, for the assessment of disease activity and for guided joint and tendon injections.

Services that we provide:

  • Assessment, investigation, diagnosis and treatment for rheumatological, musculoskeletal and sports medicine related problems and disorders.


Other services:

  • Joint aspiration and corticosteroid injection
  • Viscosupplementation (Hyaluronic acid - HA) for osteoarthritis
  • Platelet rich plasma (PRP) for osteoarthritis and tendonopathies
  • Diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound
  • Diagnostic vascular ultrasound for diagnosing GCA and other large vessel vasculitides
  • Diagnostic ultrasound of major salivary glands for the diagnosis of Sjogren's syndrome
  • Ultrasound guided injections (cortisone, PRP and HA injections are done under ultrasound guidance)
  • Nerve and regional blocks (examples include occipital nerve blocks for neck pain and headaches, suprascapular nerve blocks for severe shoulder arthritis and genicular nerve blocks for pain relief of knee OA)
  • Infusions of biological medications (e.g. rituximab, infliximab, tocilizumab) for rheumatic indications
  • Infusions of cyclophosphamide for vasculitis, lupus and other rheumatic indications

Consultants

Referral Expectations

Your GP will refer you to Dr Suppiah if they think you may have arthritis or an autoimmune disease and they require a specialist opinion regarding the diagnosis or treatment of the condition. 

There is parking onsite and street parking if needed.  We lease rooms from the Auckland ENT Group in their premises (so don't get confused by the signage).  This is an old villa that has been customised into new consulting and in-office operating rooms.  We also offer a daystay facility for infusions of medications - ranging from biological medications such as rituximab, to iron and zolderonic acid.

At your appointment a history of your symptoms will be taken, as well as a review of any medications you are on (so please bring these with you). You will then be examined which may include a general examination or only examination of your joints, depending on what condition your specialist is looking for. You may have further testing to establish the diagnosis, including an ultrasound of joints during your consultation.

Dr Suppiah will discuss with you the possible diagnosis and what further tests or treatments are recommended. He will contact your GP about your diagnosis, results of tests and a treatment plan. You may have ongoing follow-up with Dr Suppiah or be transferred back to the care of your GP.

Tests that may be required during or after your visit to the clinic include the following:

Blood tests
Ultrasound
X-ray, CT or MRI imaging
Joint Aspiration
Skin Biopsy

Charges

Consultation charges are variable.  Please contact us for a quote.  There is often a diagnostic ultrasound or other ultrasound guided procedure done during a consult so please take this into account when considering the cost.

Repeat prescriptions for medications relevant to rheumatological conditions are $33.

Joint aspirations, joint and soft tissue injections, nerve blocks, ultrasound for diagnostic purposes, ultrasound guided injections, PRP injections, HA injections  etc. are all charged extra in addition to the consultation charge.

Email correspondence, letters for immigration medicals, etc. will be charged according to time spent pro rata to consultation charges.

Auckland Rheumatology and Sports Medicine Ltd is an Affiliated Provider to Southern Cross Healthcare for most services.   We are also a nib Health Partner.

We have a clinical services contract with ACC.  This means that there is no charge for a consultation when referred from a health practitioner and there is a valid ACC claim for an injury.

Hours

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

Mon8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Tue7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Wed – Thu8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Fri7:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Dr Suppiah consults on a Tuesday (0730 - 1700) and Friday morning (0730 - 1300). There may additional sessions at alternative times on an ad hoc basis.

Public Holidays: Closed Waitangi Day (Observed 7/2/22) (7 Feb), Good Friday (15 Apr), Easter Sunday (17 Apr), Easter Monday (18 Apr), ANZAC Day (25 Apr), Queen's Birthday (6 Jun), Labour Day (24 Oct).
Christmas: Open 20 Dec — 24 Dec. Closed 25 Dec — 3 Jan. Open 4 Jan — 7 Jan.

Common Conditions

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

    RA is an autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system attacks the lining of the joints.… More

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS)

    Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a form of inflammatory arthritis that predominantly affects the axial skeleton (spine and sacroiliac joints).  Untreated, this condition can lead to progressive loss of movement in the back and fusion of the spine.… More

  • Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA)

    Psoriatic arthritis is a form of inflammatory arthritis associated with the skin condition psoriasis.… More

  • Gout

    Gout is an inflammatory arthritis caused by the deposition of urate crystals in joints.… More

  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)

    SLE is an autoimmune disease where the immune system harms cells of the body.  It can affect the joints, skin, nervous system, kidneys and heart.  It can be managed and usually controlled with medication.… More

  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR)

    This is a condition that usually only affects people over the age of 50, and causes pain and stiffness in the shoulder and hip girdle.… More

  • Giant Cell Arteritis (GCA)

    Giant cell arteritis is the most common form of vasculitis (inflammation of blood vessels).… More

  • Osteoarthritis (OA)

    Otherwise known as degenerative arthritis. OA occurs when there is a breakdown of the cartilage, leaving the bones unprotected.… More

  • Fibromyalgia

    Fibromyalgia is a syndrome of widespread aches, pains and fatigue.… More

Parking

There is parking at the rooms, and free street parking nearby.

Contact Details

Auckland ENT Group premises
242 Great South Road
Greenlane
Auckland 1051

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Street Address

Auckland ENT Group premises
242 Great South Road
Greenlane
Auckland 1051

Postal Address

PO Box 99078
Newmarket
AUCKLAND 1149

This page was last updated at 10:30PM on August 28, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Dr Ravi Suppiah - Auckland Rheumatology & Sports Medicine.