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


Also Consulting at:

Ormiston Hospital

125 Ormiston Road

Botany Junction

Operating Theatre:

Mercy Ascot Hospitals

Ormiston Hospital

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Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy

Indications include:


Laparoscopic (keyhole) cholecystectomy is performed under general anaesthesia. An incision is made through the umbilicus, 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 via the umbilical port and a further 3 ports are inserted into the abdomen (one below the sternum, two on the right side of the abdomen). The gallbladder is located (lies under the liver on the right hand side), the cystic artery and duct (leading to and from the gallbladder respectively) are identified, clipped and then divided. The gallbladder is then dissected away from the liver and removed from the abdomen via the umbilical incision. The skin is closed with an absorbable suture.

Complications include:

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is a gallbladder?

A small organ lying under the liver which stores bile produced by the liver. Bile is used to help absorb fatty foods.

Can I survive without a gallbladder?

Yes. You can lead a perfectly normal life without your gallbladder. The liver still produces the bile necessary to absorb fat.

How long will the surgery take?

30 to 60 minutes.

Will it be painful after surgery?

People usually experience some abdominal pain and occasionally shoulder tip pain. You will have a range of pain killers to keep you comfortable.

How long will I be in hospital?

Most people spend just 1 night in hospital.

How long will it take to recover from the surgery?

Usually within 1 week, 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?

You will have a normal diet. There will be no restrictions on what you can eat.