Lakes DHB General Surgery
Public Service, General Surgery, Gastroenterology & Hepatology (Liver), Vascular Surgery
Lakes DHB provides acute and elective surgical services at Rotorua and Taupō hospital sites.
Acute services are provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and range from minor injuries/illness to major trauma. Elective services are provided five days per week and incorporate patient care in inpatient, day patient, and outpatient environments.
Day Stay Unit
Day Stay Unit is our point of entry for elective surgical patients. The unit has 10 beds and 10 La-Z-Boy chairs and is currently open from 7.00am - 5.30pm. As patients arrive they are assessed and prepared for their surgery.
The Surgical Unit cares for acute and elective surgical patients requiring general surgery procedures/care as well as acute urology, gynaecology, ophthalmology and ENT patients who may require at least one overnight stay.
Most patients in the Unit undergo surgery, but some are managed conservatively. There are 25 beds in the Surgical Unit.
Where to find us: see the Rotorua Hospital map here.
The General Surgery team are based at Rotorua Hospital but provide visiting services to Taupō Hospital.
What is General Surgery?
The role of the General Surgical Department varies from hospital to hospital, but in broad terms general surgery can be said to deal with a wide range of conditions within the abdomen, breast, neck, skin and, in many hospitals, vascular (blood vessel) system.
While the name would suggest that the focus of general surgery is to perform operations, often this is not the case. Many patients are referred to surgeons with conditions that do not need surgical procedures, but merely require counselling or medical treatment.
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.
When you come to your appointment, your surgeon will ask questions about your illness 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 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 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 and the likely outcome are usually discussed with you at this time.
New Zealand citizens or those who have obtained permanent residence are entitled to publicly funded health care.
Non-residents may be required to pay for their health care.
Click here to read more about eligibility for funded care at Lakes DHB.
Procedures / Treatments
Skin conditions dealt with by general surgery include lumps, tumours and other lesions of the skin and underlying tissues.… More
Abnormalities of the endocrine system treated by general surgery include disorders of the pancreas and adrenal glands in the abdomen and the thyroid and parathyroid glands in the neck. These are often very complex conditions requiring extensive investigations.… More
General surgery covers breast diseases including breast cancer. These conditions are often initially dealt with in a specialised breast clinic which is able to perform a number of investigations (e.g.… More
Conditions of the gut dealt with by general surgery include disorders of the oesophagus, stomach, small bowel, large bowel and anus.… More
Salivary Gland Disorders
Disorders of the salivary glands may be dealt with by the general surgical department or the ENT (ORL) department depending on the local policy. More
General surgery covers some disorders of the liver and biliary system.… More
A hernia exists where part of the abdominal wall is weakened, and the contents of the abdomen push through to the outside.… More
Vascular (blood vessel) disorders treated by general surgery include varicose veins, blockages and narrowings in the arteries or abnormal swellings of the arteries (aneurysm).… More
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
These are bulging veins that lie just beneath the skin (superficial veins).… More
Hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating that may occur over the entire body or only in certain parts, most commonly the face, underarms, palms of the hands and soles of the feet.… More
Vascular ulcers are open wounds on the skin that do not heal or that keep coming back once they do heal.… More
This is a procedure which allows the doctor to see inside your oesophagus, stomach, and the first part of the small intestine (duodenum) and examine the lining directly. … More
This is a procedure which allows the doctor to see inside your large bowel and examine the surfaces directly and take biopsies (samples of tissue) if needed. Treatment of conditions can also be undertaken.… More
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This page was last updated at 9:21AM on June 16, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Lakes DHB General Surgery.