I am an Australian Surgeon with seven years training in surgery in Australia with emphasis on complex lower and upper gastrointestinal procedures such as bowel cancer, diverticular disease, gastric, anti-reflux, hernia, obesity surgery, etc. My experience is also enhanced by additional years of training in surgical and orthopaedic trauma, plastic and reconstructive surgery, intensive care and advanced life support and resuscitation techniques in centers of excellence in South Africa and Australia. Over a period of ten years of training with six monthly rotations I have been awarded with assessments of very good and excellent in my performance. In 2002 I became fellow of the Australian College of Surgeons and subsequently member of the Australian Obesity Surgery Society. My training however has never stopped and to present I am staying abreast of most modern surgical techniques, attending numerous conferences, courses and workshops in Australia and overseas. In 2008 and 2012 I was awarded a Diploma in Laparoscopic Surgery from the University of Strasbourg, France. In my career I participated or performed in excess of 4,000 laparoscopic procedures.
Currently my practice is focused on laparoscopic abdominal surgery and bariatric procedures.
I am one of the first in Australia to use the Da Vinci Robot in my field.
I have been involved with gastric band surgery since I was a surgical trainee in 1998 and have been pursuing this surgery in my own practice for over a decade. I am amongst the first in Australia to be trained in laparoscopic gastric sleeve surgery and currently offer a diversity of surgical procedures.
In the last five years I introduced in my practice a reversible laparoscopic gastric sleeve by plication technique which I believe complements the gastric band, simplistically offering the combination of a smaller stomach to the alimentary flow restriction provided by the band. The procedure in my opinion combines the advantages of both techniques and reduces the complications of either of them. My experience with this technique is now very good with almost 1000 procedures and follow up into the sixth year; usually the patients stay one night in hospital and in selected cases some will go home the same day; there have been no surgical complications, no readmission and no return to surgery for any reasons in a diversity of patients with a wide range of BMI and comorbidities.
Due to the fact that the gastric plication is reversible, there is no introduction of foreign body, there is no cutting, stapling or re-routing of bowels I am offering it as a sole operation to patients with lower BMI, who otherwise would not qualify for weight loss surgery. The early results speak for themselves - immediate weight loss and immediate resolution of per-existing heartburn and cessation of anti-acid medication in patients who suffered from chronic acid reflux. Typically the patients continue to eat reasonable size meals and experience earlier and longer lasting satiety.