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Bariatric or weight-loss surgery is used to help people who have struggled with their weight and related health conditions to achieve permanent weight loss and significant health improvements. During the Covid-19 lockdown, Dr Smith began providing monthly free bariatric surgery information webinars and also offered virtual consultations for some conditions. Both of these proved very popular and are being continued now at level 1.
Laparoscopic techniques are the standard of care for gallbladder surgery, however, the application to the treatment of gastrooesophageal reflux can mean sufferers no longer require daily medications and have significantly improved quality of life.
Laparoscopic repair of groin and other abdominal wall hernias allows faster recovery, less pain and quicker return to work and normal activities compared to traditional open surgery.
Dr Smith completed medical school and General Surgical training in New Zealand.
Following this he undertook further speciality training in laparoscopic and upper gastrointestinal surgery in Auckland, Edinburgh, Scotland and Portland, United States of America.
He also completed a Master of Medical Science Degree in evidence-based medicine.
Dr Smith worked as a specialist laparoscopic and minimally invasive surgeon at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland, Oregon, United States of America, from 2009 to 2011, before choosing to return to Southland to work and raise his family.
In 2018, Dr Smith relocated from Invercargill to Dunedin Hospital to join the regional team treating cancers of the stomach and oesophagus.
He continues to provide the bariatric surgery service for Otago and Southland and operates at Mercy Hospital, Dunedin Hospital and Southland Hospital.
He travels to Invercargill and Queenstown for face-to-face clinics every four weeks and is an affiliated provider with the Southern Cross Health Society for hernia surgery, gallbladder surgery, gastroscopy, and colonoscopy.
Dr Smith is the proud father of two adventurous girls and enjoys cycling, skiing and surfing in his spare time.