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Chris Holdaway - Hamilton Vascular, Endovascular & Varicose Vein Surgeon

Private Service, Vascular Surgery, General Surgery



Mr Chris Holdaway is an experienced vascular surgeon and was previously Head of the Surgical Division at Waikato Hospital. He specialises in:

  • varicose veins & ulcers
  • carotid arteries (stent/open surgery)
  • abdominal aortic aneurysm (endostent/open surgery)
  • peripheral arteries (angioplasty/bypass)
  • vascular access surgery (portacath) - support of chemotherapy
  • surgery including stent and limb reconstruction
  • advice and therapy for lymphoedema
  • advice on best medical management of vascular conditions
  • good health vascular checks.

Chris consults out of locations in Hamilton and Tauranga (see details on left) and operates out of Braemar Hospital, Hamilton.

What is Vascular Surgery?

Vascular surgery is the branch of surgery that involves the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the vessels that carry blood away from (arteries) and back to (veins) your heart.

Vascular disorders include blockages and narrowings of the vessels, abnormal swellings of the vessels (aneurysm) or vessel malfunctions.

The disease processes involved in vascular disorders often involve other body systems and your treatment may therefore require the combined efforts of other medical specialists such as radiologists and general physicians.


Referral Expectations

GP referrals are preferred for major arterial problems but Chris is happy to consult on venous problems without formal referral. Referral letters can be sent electronically via e-mail. Chris is happy to receive direct enquiries from patients needing a Vascular Health Check or with varicose vein problems.

Chris is happy to accommodate patients requiring an urgent referral.

When you come to your appointment, your surgeon will ask questions about your illness and past medical history, current medications and allergies. He will then examine you 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 options with you. In some instances this will mean surgery, while other cases can be managed with intervention, medication and advice. If surgery is advised, the steps involved in the surgical process and the likely outcome are discussed with you at this time.


Please contact us for advice on our charges as they vary depending on your presenting complaint.

Chris is a Southern Cross Affiliated preferred provider for varicose veins. 


Mon – Fri9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Please contact the practice during business hours, Monday to Friday, to arrange appointments at all locations. Chris typically consults on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, performing surgery on Monday mornings and Wednesday afternoons. I am happy to see patients requiring an urgent referral outside of these times.

Procedures / Treatments

  • Aortic Aneurysm

    This is the dilatation or ballooning of a section of the aorta which is the main artery coming out of the heart.… More

  • Carotid Artery Disease

    You have two carotid arteries, one on either side of your neck, that supply blood to your brain.… More

  • Peripheral Arterial Disease

    Peripheral arterial disease refers to the narrowing of arteries outside the heart and brain, usually as the result of atherosclerosis or "hardening of the arteries" (a build up of fatty deposits on the inner wall of arteries).… More

  • Varicose Veins

    These are bulging veins that lie just beneath the skin (superficial veins).… More

  • Ulcers

    Vascular ulcers are open wounds on the skin that do not heal or that keep coming back once they do heal.… More


Free off street parking is provided for patients at all clinics.

Contact Details

This page was last updated at 5:15PM on December 20, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Chris Holdaway - Hamilton Vascular, Endovascular & Varicose Vein Surgeon.