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Michael East

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Level 2, Suite 3
Ascot Hospital
90 Greenlane Rd East
Auckland 1051
New Zealand
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Will medical insurance companies cover the procedures we offer?

In most cases the surgical procedures we perform are covered by medical insurance. It is important to obtain prior approval from your insurance company before surgery. Linda my Secretary will give you a breakdown of the costs related to your surgery.


Do I need to have medical insurance?

No, medical insurance is not essential. However, it is important to obtain costings for the consultation and any proposed surgery prior to embarking on any course of action.


If I am seen in Private can I be operated on by you in a Public Hospital?

Unfortunately I do not work in the Public Hospital system. In this instance I would refer you to the appropriate hospital depending on where you live in Auckland.


I am concerned I will not be able to absorb all the information I am given during my consultation. How can I learn more about my condition and proposed management?

Studies have shown that at most we retain somewhere between 30-40% of what we are told at a medical consultation. For this reason we have developed this website so that information relevant to your condition is available to you at any time.

You are encouraged to bring a support person to your consultation, as having two people will enhance retention of the information given. You will also be given written information at the conclusion of your consultation.


What happens if I have any worries or concerns after surgery?

Written post-operative information will be given to you before going home, and these hand-outs can also be found on our website (view recovery guide). My telephone number is included in this information and I would encourage you to phone me if you have any concerns.


Is minimal access surgery such as Laparoscopic surgery better than more conventional open surgery?

Minimal access surgery has the advantage of more precise surgery; less discomfort post operatively, shorter stay in hospital and early return to work.  To find out more about minimal access surgery - click here.