Mr Charles Leinkram
Mr Leinkram has been a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons since 1981. He trained at the Austin and Repatriation Hospitals in Melbourne. After obtaining his Fellowship in General Surgery, he worked in England for two years, firstly at the Hammersmith Hospital in London and then at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Bournemouth.
Since commencing private practice in 1982, he has developed a great deal of expertise in short-stay surgery. More and more types of operations now fall into this category, i.e., day-surgery or overnight-stay surgery. With careful pre-operative assessment, sound surgical technique and the use of effective post-operative analgesia, operations as diverse as hernia repair, gallstone surgery and thyroid surgery can be done as short-stay cases.
In 2002, Mr Leinkram joined A/Prof Brygel at the Melbourne Hernia Clinic. They both perform the same type of operation for inguinal hernias, i.e. the tension-free mesh hernioplasty, under local anaesthesia with sedation.
Mr Leinkram also takes a special interest in the treatment of incisional hernias. This is a difficult and challenging problem because the patient often presents with a large abdominal swelling which might already have had one or more unsuccessful attempts at being repaired, and the swelling is also quite often associated with an unsightly overhang of abdominal skin and subcutaneous fat. Mr Leinkram has developed extensive experience in repairing these incisional hernias and at times combines this with an abdominoplasty (tummy-tuck). He has been performing abdominoplasties for over 20 years.