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David Merrilees - Urologist

Private Service, Urology


Mr David Merrilees is a qualified urologist and member of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He is fellowship trained in the United Kingdom under two internationally regarded urological surgeons - David Neal and Christopher Eden.
David's basic urology training was undertaken in New Zealand. Upon completion of his training he undertook a one year fellowship in Cambridge, UK, under Professor David Neal. Here he studied major open urological surgery with an emphasis on pelvic cancer (bladder and prostate) and kidney cancer. David also trained in Cambridge in advanced and complex testicular cancer.
As with all surgical specialties there is now a trend towards minimally invasive/laparoscopic/keyhole surgery to treat urological disease. David also trained in complex laparoscopic surgery under Chris Eden in the UK. Here he underwent high volume training to learn laparoscopic techniques to treat prostate, kidney and other disorders of the uro-genital tract.
Laparoscopic urology is now David's sub-specialty area of interest.
David has particular skills in Laparoscopic Nerve Sparing Radical Prostatectomy to treat prostate cancer, with excellent results for cancer cure, potency and continence.
For prostate cancer and other urological procedures, David is an Affiliated Provider for Southern Cross members.
David also performs laparoscopic radical nephrectomy for kidney cancer affording rapid recovery from surgery with minimal pain and early return to work.
Laparoscopic pyeloplasty is now the preferred way to treat pelvi-ureteric junction (PUJ) obstruction (blockage to the flow of urine out of the kidney).
David also has skills in treating enlarged prostates, kidney stones, disorders of the adrenal gland, bladder cancer and in performing prostate biopsy and urodynamics.
LAPAROSCOPIC PARTIAL NEPHRECTOMY is minimally invasive surgery to remove part of the kidney with all the benefits of laparoscopy and excellent outcomes. David has now performed a small number of these cases and is happy to discuss if this is an option  - it is not always appropriate and for many tumours open surgery is still a good option.
ROBOTIC PROSTATECTOMY - David is now also performing robotic radical prostatectomy for select cases that may benefit from bilateral nerve sparing. He will however still be offering both open radical prostatectomy for more advanced cancers and laparoscopic surgery also for some locally advanced tumours.


Referral Expectations

David receives referrals from GPs but also directly from patients. For patients outside Auckland he is happy to provide a consultation initially via email, phone or skype.


Private consulting: Monday and Thursday.

Private operating: Monday, Thursday and Friday.

Please contact me directly if you would like to be seen outside regular consulting days.

Common Conditions / Procedures / Treatments

  • Robotic Radical Prostatectomy

    A Robotic Radical Prostatectomy for patients who may benefit from bilateral nerve sparing Radical Prostatectomy. David however still offers laparoscopic and open radical prostatectomy depending on the specific cancer.… More

  • Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy

    A Radical Prostatectomy involves removing the prostate and seminal vesicles to treat localised prostate cancer.… More

  • Laparoscopic Partial Nephrectomy

    Laparoscopic Partial Nephrectomy is now available for selected kidney tumours and allows a minimally invasive approach to remove the tumour/cancer while leaving the rest of the kidney functioning.… More

  • Laparoscopic Radical Nephrectomy

    Traditionally kidney cancer is treated by removing the malignant growth in the kidney via an open operation.… More

  • Laparoscopic Pyeloplasty for Pelvi-Ureteric Junction (PUJ) Obstruction

    Key hole surgery can be performed to correct a congenital blockage to the flow of urine out of the kidney into the tube that drains urine to the bladder (ureter) – traditionally this surgery is performed through the flank above the 12th rib via an open incision.… More

  • Urinalysis

    Urinalysis is a test that examines the content of urine for abnormal substances such as protein or signs of infection.… More

  • Proteinuria

    This term means protein in the urine and may indicate that there is a problem with your kidneys. More

  • Haematuria

    This term means blood in the urine and may be the result of inflammation or other problems with your kidneys, blockages in your ureter, infection or other problems with your bladder or problems with your prostate. More

  • Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

    A UTI is caused by an infection in the urinary tract.… More

  • Urinary Incontinence

    Urinary incontinence or loss of bladder control is the involuntary passage of urine (passing urine without meaning to).… More

  • Urinary Retention

    Urinary retention, or abnormal holding of urine in the bladder, is a common urological problem.… More

  • Bladder Cancer

    What causes bladder cancer is not always clear, but the risk of developing bladder cancer can be increased by smoking, getting older, long term bladder problems and unsafe exposure to aniline dyes which are used in some industries.… More

  • Kidney Stones

    This term refers to stones in the urinary system. They form in the kidneys but can be found anywhere in the urinary system.… More

  • Kidney (Renal) Failure

    Kidney failure occurs when the kidneys cannot remove waste products from the blood or control the amount of water in your body.… More

  • Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

    This is an enlargement of the prostate gland. In BPH there may be difficulties in passing urine as the enlarged prostate can cause a blockage.… More

  • Prostatitis

    This is the term used to describe inflammation of the prostate gland.… More

  • Prostate Cancer

    Prostate cancer typically consists of many very small, tumours within the prostate.… More

  • Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair


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148 Gillies Avenue, Auckland

Central Auckland

Endoscopy & Laparoscopy Auckland
148 Gillies Avenue
Auckland 1023

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This page was last updated at 8:41AM on August 16, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by David Merrilees - Urologist.