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General Surgery

What do we offer?

At VOSC we also offer patients many general surgical procedures. The list provided is not finite and we will endeavour to look after most of your surgical needs.

These procedures can be provided by one of our surgeons in the private hospital system for a small fee.

Alternatively, Mr Skidmore can perform the operation in the public system at Sandringham Hospital. This is ideal for those patients without private health insurance.

There is no fee for these operations.

(The initial consultation will have a fee. A portion of which is claimable from Medicare)


Browse the general surgeries we offer here at VOSC or learn more by jumping on the quicklinks on the right.


Achalasia and other Motility Disorders of the Oesophagus What is it? These conditions are reasonably uncommon. It is best to start with how the oesophagus works. Most of the oesophagus is controlled by involuntary means. That is, we can’t change the function of it. The way food is propelled into the oesophagus is through a…

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Anti-reflux Surgery

Anti-Reflux Surgery What is it? Reflux disease is a common problem in our society. This can be mild with occasional heartburn after meals or more of a problem with daily symptoms of food coming into the oesophagus with meals, at night or at any time. This type of reflux may respond to medications such as…

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Barretts Oesophagus

Barretts Oesophagus What is it? This is a condition that is very important to know if you have it. It involves a change in the lower oesophagus from a normal lining to a lining that has been damaged by chronic reflux. Barretts is also known as intestinal metaplasia. Barretts is present in approximately 20 –…

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Carpal Tunnel

Carpal Tunnel What is it? The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway in the wrist that opens into the hand. It is surrounded by the bones of the wrist (underneath) and the transverse carpal ligament (over the top). The median nerve runs through the carpal tunnel and gives sensation to the thumb, forefinger, middle finger…

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Colorectal Surgery

Colorectal Surgery What is it? The digestive system or bowel is made up of a long intestinal tube that extends from the mouth at one end to the rectum at the other. The colon is located in the lower area of your digestive system. Cells within this area are constantly being replaced to rid the…

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Diagnostic Laparoscopy

Diagnostic Laparoscopy What is it? Diagnostic laparoscopy is a procedure that allows your surgeon to look directly at the contents of your abdomen or pelvis, including the fallopian tubes, ovaries, uterus, small bowel, large bowel, appendix, liver and gallbladder. This examination helps identify the cause of your pain in this region. How is it done?…

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Gallbladder Removal

Gallbladder Removal What is it? The gallbladder is a small, non-vital organ which aids in the digestive process and concentrates bile produced in the liver. When foods containing fats arrive in the small intestine, the gallbladder releases the stored bile into the duodenum. Here, the bile helps to break down fats and also neutralise acids…

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Haemorrhoids What is it? Haemorrhoids are enlarged blood vessels around the anus that can cause bleeding, itchiness and pain. There are two types of haemorrhoids: internal and external. Internal haemorrhoids are inside the back passage where the rectum meets the anus. They are the enlargements of the normal cushions of blood vessels. They may be…

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Head and Neck Surgery

Head and Neck Surgery What is it? A lump in the neck may arise due to various causes. Not all lumps have to be removed surgically. However, a complete assessment of a lump by a surgeon is important. The most common causes of a lump include: A congenital or developmental abnormality Infection by bacteria, viruses…

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Hernia – Inguinal, Incisional, Femoral & Umbilical

Hernia – Inguinal, Incisional, Femoral & Umbilical What is a hernia? An inguinal or femoral hernia is a weakness or defect on the abdominal wall in the groin area. Internal organs may push through the weakness or defect causing discomfort, pain and a noticeable bulge. The anatomy of a hernia can be compared to a…

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Hiatus Hernia

Hiatus Hernia What is it? Hiatus Hernia is a common condition that involves the part of the stomach in the chest rather than that in the abdomen. There are usually few symptoms but you may experience heartburn, or in more severe cases, pain and vomiting.  How is it treated? Paraoesophageal hernias are a rare type…

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Lesions What is it? A skin lesion is an abnormal growth or patch of the skin that does not resemble the area surrounding it.  How is it treated? Some skin lesions are surgically removed to rule out or remove skin cancers. Lesions may also be removed for cosmetic purposes or to remove an inflamed cyst…

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Oesophagus Cancer Surgery

Oesophagus Cancer Surgery What is oesophagus/oesophageal cancer? The oesophagus is the medical name for the gullet. It is part of the digestive system. The oesophagus is a long tube that carries food from the throat to the stomach. The top part of the oesophagus lies behind the windpipe (trachea). The bottom part runs through the…

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Stomach Cancer Surgery

Stomach Cancer Surgery What is stomach cancer? Cancer is a condition that can affect any organ. It is the result of cells multiplying abnormally. This results in growths or tumours. When we talk about cancer we talk about primary and secondary cancers. The primary cancer is where the cancer originates. Therefore in Stomach cancer the…

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Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery

Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery What is it? The thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped gland located at the front of the neck just below the Adam’s apple. The gland produces thyroid hormone which has a major role in regulating many aspects of health such as metabolism, body weight, temperature, heart rate, blood pressure, mental awareness, muscles…

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Vasectomy A vasectomy is considered a permanent method of birth control. A vasectomy prevents the release of sperm when a man ejaculates. During a vasectomy, the vas deferens from each testicle is cut and tied. This prevents sperm from mixing with the semen that is ejaculated from the penis. An egg cannot be fertilized when…

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Heidelberg VIC 3084

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Level 6, 470 Wodonga Place
Albury NSW 2640

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