About Us

Who we are

Christchurch Surgical Associates is the largest surgical practice of its type in Christchurch city.

Our team of nine highly experienced and expert surgeons are also fully supported by a gastroenterologist and a large number of full qualified and experienced ancillary staff.

The practice provides assessment, diagnosis, advice, management, treatment and ongoing follow up care for a wide range of surgical conditions.

In addition to scheduling more complex surgery at Southern Cross or St George’s Hospitals, Christchurch Surgical Associates surgeons also have the capacity to perform minor operative procedures in our small operating theatre, without the need for hospital admission.

Christchurch Surgical Associates is an affiliated provider with Southern Cross Healthcare, and has contracts with Southern Cross Hospital and St George’s Hospital to treat Accident Compensation patients with hernias.

 

What we offer

  • Breast Surgery in conjunction with Canterbury Breast Care
  • Colonoscopy
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Endoscopic Examination and Biopsy
  • Endoscopic Surgery
  • Gallbladder Centre
  • Gastroenterological Therapy
  • Gastroscopy
  • General Surgery eg Haemorrhoid removal
  • Hernia Centre
  • Laproscopic Surgery
  • Laser Vein Treatment
  • Liver Disease Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Minor Operative Procedures eg Vasectomy, Lipoma
  • Oncology Services: Chemotherapy, Radiation Therapy, Brachytherapy, Palliative Care Assistance
  • Thyroid and Endocrine Surgery
  • Vascular or Vein Surgery
  • Vein Clinic

What to bring to your consultation

  1. Any letter or notes provided by your GP.
  2. If an ACC claim bring any relevant paper work and your ACC number.
  3. List of any medications.
  4. Any relevant X Rays, blood test or investigation reports.
  5. Any questions on paper you wish to ask.
  6. The name of your medical insurance company.

FAQ's

Do I need a GP's referral or a letter?

No - but this is helpful and preferred because it provides the consultant with relevant background information on your condition.

If I am to have surgery will I need to book the hospital?

No your surgery will be arranged by Christchurch Surgical Associates and they will supply you with any the information you need relating to your surgery.

Do I need to stop my medication before surgery?

This should be discussed with your surgeon during your consultation. Some medications eg warfarin or asprin, may need to be discontinued prior to your operation.

What is an affiliated provider?

Christchurch Surgical Associates has contracts with Southern Cross Health Care and can arrange your surgery costs and billing directly with Southern Cross for certain procedures. Patients do not need to obtain prior approval for the surgery.

If my insurance company requires a cost estimate can this be provided?

Yes we will happily provide an estimate of the costs of you medical treatment.

Is there only one account that I will have to pay?

No - there is usually an account from your surgeon, one from your anaesthetist, and a hospital account.

If I am an ACC patient how long will I have to wait for my surgery?

ACC funds a contracted amount of surgery at each hospital per month. Christchurch Surgical Associates will apply to ACC on your behalf and if they approve your surgery you will be booked in at the earliest date possible at your preferred hospital.

What happens if ACC does not approve my surgery.

Alternatives will need to be discussed with your surgeon.