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Bariatric Surgery

Welcome to the official website for the CM Health Bariatric Service. 

Bariatric Surgery - Surgical Options for Morbid Obesity
In March 2007, CM Health General Surgery commenced Bariatric surgery at Counties Manukau Health (CM Health).

It is estimated up to one in five people in New Zealand could be considered obese.  The term "Morbid Obesity" does not describe the size of a person, but rather that the weight has become such a problem it is causing morbidity.  It is recognised that morbid obesity is not just the result of excess eating, but is a chronic disease with many complex contributing factors.  Individuals are considered severely overweight or morbidly obese if the Body Mass Index (BMI) is 30 or over.   Surgical weight loss procedures have shown to have the best long term results in dealing with morbid obesity.   Surgery is generally considered for obesity only after all other interventions have been exhausted.

At CM Health we aim to treat obesity like any other medical condition – in a sensitive, empathetic and non-judgemental way.

Please complete the Bariatric Referral Assessment Questionnaire when referring patients to Counties Manukau Health for consideration of Bariatric Surgery. Information on the Bariatric pathway process is also linked below.

For further information please refer to the General Surgery website and please direct any queries to Cecilia Westmacott, Bariatric Nurse Specialist.

Cecilia Westmacott
Bariatric Nurse Specialist PGDip HSc
General Surgical Department
Middlemore Hospital CMDHB


T: + 64 9 276 0044 M: + 64 21 229 7553

Middlemore Hospital
100 Hospital Road, Ōtāhuhu
Private Bag 93311 Ōtāhuhu, Auckland 1640

Document Downloads

  • Bariatric Assessment Questionnaire (PDF, 212.3 KB)
    Please complete this form when referring patients to Counties Manukau Health for consideration of Bariatric Surgery.
  • Bariatric Pathway (PPTX, 75.2 KB)
    The timeline for the Bariatric Pathway outpatient appointments

This page was last updated at 12:17PM on June 28, 2021.