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Specialist Vein Health (SVH)

Private Service, Vascular Surgery



Specialist Vein Health are leading vascular and endovascular surgeons. Our ambition is to provide advanced and minimally invasive techniques at affordable levels and empower people to take control of their health.

Our surgeons are JK (Kes) Wicks and Lupe Taumoepeau. Together, they have over 20 years’ experience in managing all vascular conditions. Their expertise extends to provision of vascular ultrasound which is essential for the diagnosis of vascular disease and treatment of varicose veins. They are fulltime consultants for Wellington’s Capital Coast Health and work together in private practice from the Wakefield Specialist Medical Centre.

Specialist Vein Health has clinics in Wellington, Kapiti, Lower Hutt, Palmerston North and Nelson. Click here to find out more.

Introducing our surgeons.

They bring over many years of experience covering the full spectrum of vascular surgery. In other words, they have done thousands of procedures with the highest level of expertise, outcome and professionalism.

Our vascular surgeons are also partners in Specialist Vein Health. Venous and arterial treatment(s).   The vascular industry is a very specialty area of the medical industry and they have many clients and referrers. They understand the changing paradigms of venous and arterial treatment(s) and are the forefront of bringing this to the greater Wellington region, Kapiti, Horowhenua, Manawatu and Nelson regions. Their expertise extends also to provision and management of vascular ultrasound essential for diagnosis and treatment of varicose veins and arterial conditions.

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Where do we practice?
We are two vascular surgeons, supported by a small team of registered nurses and specialty trained administrators.  We have clinics in Wellington, Lower Hutt, Paraparaumu, Palmerston North and Nelson. We offer varicose vein treatment in Wellington city, Nelson and Palmerston North.  All arterial procedures are done at Wakefield Hospital, Wellington.   We both practice as full time vascular surgeons (consultants) at Wellington Hospital (Capital Coast Health). 

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 varicose veins and spider veins, carotid artery or peripheral artery disease -  blockages and narrowing of the blood vessels, abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) - abnormal swellings of the vessels (this is an aneurysm) or valve dysfunction. Diabetic foot management and treatment, ulcer management and care, kidney transplant surgery and the implanting of ports.

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 cardiologists, renal physicians and endocrinologists.  We have a supportive SVH team to guide you through this process.


Referral Expectations

For GPs and referrers:
We are pleased to announce the collaboration of our vascular surgical services, through Specialist Vein Health at both 325 Willis St and Wakefield Hospital. Specialist Vein Health offers a balanced and comprehensive service of open and minimally invasive vascular surgery for all arterial and venous conditions. We also offer a specialist vascular ultrasound service. Patients have access to endovenous ablation treatment as a day procedure, using the most up to date technology.

For patients:
When you come to your appointment, your surgeon will ask questions about your condition 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). Sometimes this can all be done during one visit, but for some conditions this may require follow-up appointments. Occasionally some tests are arranged even before your appointment to try and 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, expected outcomes and risks will be discussed with you at this time.


We are Southern Cross Affiliated Providers for the following service categories: 

  • Peripheral angiography (Diagnostic imaging of blood vessels)
  • Varicose veins

We also offer convenient payment options. Click here to learn more.


Mon – Thu8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Fri8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Sat & Sun closed

Please contact the practice during business hours, Monday to Friday, to arrange appointments at any of our locations.

Procedures / Treatments

  • Varicose Veins

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

  • Vascular Ulcers

    Vascular ulcers are open wounds on the skin that do not heal or can take a long time to heal.… 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

  • Hyperhidrosis

    Hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating that may occur over the entire body or only in certain parts, most commonly the underarms, palms of the hands and soles of the feet.… More

  • Carotid Artery Disease

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

  • Aortic Aneurysm

    An Aortic Abdominal Aneurysm - AAA is the dilatation or ballooning of a section of the aorta which is the main artery coming out of the heart.… More

  • Spider Veins

    With our Excel V Laser from Cutera, our registered nurses and laser therapist can treat both men's and women’s unsightly leg, facial veins and many other vascular concerns.… More


Off street parking is available in all our clinic locations.


Our admin team can assist you with onsite accommodation at Wakefield Hospital, Newtown, Wellington.


Contact Details

355 Lower Queen Street, Richmond

Nelson Marlborough

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This page was last updated at 2:43PM on October 30, 2020. This information is reviewed and edited by Specialist Vein Health (SVH).