About Dr Simon Harper
I am a New Zealand trained specialist Endocrine & General Surgeon consulting and operating at Southern Cross Hospitals Wellington.
My public practice at Wellington Hospital is busy with both Endocrine and General Surgery work and I receive local and regional referrals for sub-speciality care across the full range of endocrine surgery procedures.
In addition to my clinical roles I am actively involved in service development and as the lead clinician for SAPU (the Surgical Assessment & Planning Unit) and the supervisor of surgical training.
Invited Speaker Asian Association of Endocrine Surgeons, Melbourne 2020
Convener of the Endocrine Surgery Section of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Scientific Meeting, Bangkok 2019
Areas of Specialisation
Endocrine & General Surgeon with specialist interest in:
- Gall Bladder
- Lumps & Bumps
The thyroid gland is a small organ that sits in the front of the neck wrapped around the windpipe, generating hormones that affect the bodys metabolism. There are a range of conditions that might require Thyroid Surgery, for example:
- Goitre (enlarged thyroid gland)
- A concerning thyroid nodule
- Confirmed thyroid cancer.
- Overactive thyroid problem (hyperthyroidism)
Parathyroid glands are normally found between the trachea (windpipe) and the thyroid gland, controlling the level of calcium in your body. The most common reason for surgery is due to high levels of calcium in your blood. Some symptoms are:
- Problems with your kidneys
- Muscle weakness and fatigue
- Stomach ulcers and heart rate changes
- Weak bones or organs due to high calcium levels
General Surgery, Gallbladder, Hernia, Fine Needle Aspiration
MA(Cantab) MB BChir FRACS
International Association of Endocrine Surgeons
Australian & New Zealand Endocrine Surgeons
New Zealand Association of General Surgeons