Hernia Surgery

The term hernia means any protrusion of abdominal contents through a weakened area in a person’s abdominal wall. Hernias can occur in many locations around the body. The most common kinds of hernia occur in the groin, with 27% of men and 3% of women developing one in their lifetime. Many hernias are asymptomatic, and […]

Gallstones

The gallbladder is an organ that sits below the liver. Its function is to store excess bile that is produced by the liver. Bile helps to break down fats in the intestines. When we eat, the gallbladder contracts to squeeze bile into the small intestine. About 10% – 15% of Australian adults have gallstones. They […]

Skin Cancers Australia

Queensland is the sunshine capital of Australia. We are exposed to high levels of ultraviolet (UV) radiation, and this predisposes us to developing various types of skin cancers. Like all cancers, skin cancers result from uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells. There are many different types, some of which require additional surgical treatments which cannot be […]

Portacath Insertion

What is a Portacath? A Portacath, or “port” as it is commonly referred, is a device that sits under the skin to give improved access to veins. The port sits under the skin on the chest wall and is attached to a catheter (tube) which is guided into the large veins in the chest. A […]

Lymph node biopsy

What are lymph nodes? Lymph nodes are small, jellybean-shaped structures that can be found all over the body. They contain the special immune cells and work to help fight and remove infection. Fluid (called ‘lymph’), filters through the lymph nodes before eventually passing back into bloodstream. Sometimes, tiny cells from cancers can spread and travel […]