Andrew -Sydney Hospital 2000

In the year 2000 Andrew had gone to Concord for his final surgery before complete transition. The doctor had thought she was doing him a favour by doing the surgery using a camera without opening him up.

In the process she nicked his bowel and but for the bowel surgeon in the Theatre next door might have been very much the worse for wear.

They admitted him for about 10 days and then sent him home. He continued to experience a lot of pain until a hernia popped out and they took him to Sydney hospital where they discovered that the bowel had not been properly repaired.

He spent another 10 days there.

He is wearing his Father’s watch and dressing gown which he inherited from his father not long before.


Cataracts + surgery + Cornea + transplants

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Simply put, a cataract is a “clouding” of the lens in your eye. The lens, located just behind the iris, or the coloured part of your eye,
works like the lens of a camera. It picks up images, then focuses the lights, colours, and shapes on the retina – the transmitter located at the back of your
eye that sends the images to your brain.



Normal lens versus cloudy lens


CATARACT SURGERY – this link takes you   through to Eye health Northwest.
Where the answers to most of  your questions regarding cataracts can be

Corneal transplantation
What is the cornea?
The cornea is the transparent tissue on the front part of the eye. Not only is it important for the structural integrity of the eye, but its curvature and clarity helps the eye focus. A healthy cornea is required for normal vision. Diseases and injuries of the cornea are an important cause of blindness in our community.

“What is corneal transplantation?
A corneal transplant is the way of removing your damaged cornea and replacing it with a healthy cornea from the eye of a suitable donor. The donor will be a person who has (or whose family has) given consent for their corneas to be used for medical purposes after their death. The donor cornea is thoroughly checked and prepared to ensure there is no possibility of it being infected.

Monofocal Wavefront Lens


Transsphenoidal Surgery to remove my pituitary adenoma.

Redirected from the Pituitary Page

This information is abstracted from the website of the American Cancer Society

Surgery for pituitary tumors

The main treatment for many pituitary tumors is surgery. How well the surgery works depends on the type of tumor, its exact location, its size, and whether it has spread into nearby structures.

Transsphenoidal surgery: This is the most common way to remove pituitary tumors. Transsphenoidal means that the surgery is done through the sphenoid sinus, a hollow space in the skull behind the nasal passages and below the brain. The back wall of the sinus covers the pituitary gland.

For this approach, the neurosurgeon makes a small incision along the nasal septum (the cartilage between the 2 sides of the nose) or under the upper lip (above the upper teeth). To reach the pituitary, the surgeon opens the bony walls of the sphenoid sinus with small surgical chisels, drills, or other instruments depending on the thickness of the bone and sinus. …continue here – American Cancer Society detailed guide to pituitary surgery

My Surgery

On 21st May, I had surgery at the Prince of Wales Hospital here in  Randwick for the

removal of the pituitary tumour. Dr Bernard KwokDr Kwok performed the surgery.

Dr Kwok is one of the most senior neurosurgeons in Sydney. He has maintained a high profile in all facets of neurosurgery, especially surgery for pituitary tumors.  

As a pioneer in neuroendoscopy, he has taught many of the Australian and Southeast Asian neurosurgeons currently practicing this technique.

 Dr. Kwok has appointments at all three on-campus hospitals and is a strong advocate of medical student and registrar training.”

Please read the information contained on the website above, below I have some photos and diagrams.

Intensive care

Picture taken illegally by Andrew 2001

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