Dr Jon Morrow manages a number of general surgical conditions. Operations can be performed either by a minimally invasive approach (keyhole surgery) or as an open procedure. The best method will be tailored to you.

Successful weight loss requires a combination of both lifestyle changes (including diet and exercise) and surgery. A range of different weight loss surgical procedures (band, sleeve, bypass) are available. Any and all options can be discussed.

Gallstones are very common and can cause a variety of conditions ranging from minor to severe. Surgical removal of the gallbladder via keyhole surgery is the recommended treatment.

Hernias come in all shapes and sizes and should, if possible, be fixed. They can be repaired via a traditional open approach or by using minimally invasive (keyhole) surgery.


Dr Jon Morrow

General & Bariatric Surgeon


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Contact Details

Consulting Rooms:

Ascot Central

Level 1, 7 Ellerslie

Racecourse Drive

Remuera, Auckland


Phone: 09 522 4103

Fax:     09 522 5136

Email:email

Also Consulting at:

Ormiston Hospital

125 Ormiston Road

Botany Junction


Operating Theatre:

Mercy Ascot Hospitals

Ormiston Hospital


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Laparoscopic Gastric Sleeve

Indications

Description

Laparoscopic (keyhole) gastric sleeve is performed under general anaesthesia. An incision is made below the lower margin of the left rib cage, a port is placed through this incision, and CO2 introduced to inflate the abdomen and create a working space. A camera (laparoscope) is then introduced and under direct vision, a further 4 incisions are made. The left lobe of the liver is lifted to adequately expose the stomach. The omentum (an apron of fat attached to the stomach) is detached from the stomach. The stomach is then stapled and cut to create a narrow tube with a volume of between 100-150ml. The remaining 90% of the stomach is removed via an incision on the right side of the abdomen. The skin is closed with an absorbable suture.

Follow-up:

Expected Weight Loss

Approximately 50-60% of excess weight.

Advantages

Disadvantages

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will the surgery take?
60 to 90 minutes.

Will it be painful after surgery?
People usually experience some abdominal pain, particularly on the right hand side where the stomach is removed from the abdomen. You will have a range of pain killers charted to help with the discomfort.

How long will I be in hospital?
Most people stay 2 nights in hospital.

How long will it take to recover from the surgery?
Usually within 1-2 weeks, but this may vary according to the individual.

When can I return to work?
Usually within 1-2 weeks after surgery, depending on your occupation.

How soon after surgery can I drive?
When you feel comfortable getting into and out of a car, you should be ok to drive, but check with your insurance company first.

What will my diet be like after surgery?
Initially, you will be on a liquid/pureed diet, and then over the ensuing 5-6 weeks, you will progress to a soft diet, lite diet then full diet. Details will be provided to you by the dietician.