Dr Graham , Dr Butler and Dr Loch-Wilkinson operate privately at John Flynn Private Hospital, Tugun and at Pindara Private Hospital, Benowa on the Gold Coast.
Prior to undergoing surgery, it is advisable to cease smoking as this inhibits wound healing, increases the risk of fractures not healing (non-union), and makes you more vulnerable to post-operative infections.
Some medications need to be ceased prior to surgery (specifically some blood thinning and some immunosuppressive medications). Please check with Dr Graham/ Dr Butler / Dr Loch-Wilkinson during your consultation.
Please check with Dr Graham / Dr Butler / Dr Loch-Wilkinson or the Mudgeeraba Hand Clinic staff at the time of consultation if you need to cease any of your medications prior to doing so.
If you are diabetic, you will need to carefully monitor your blood sugar levels when you are fasting. More information will be given to you from the Mudgeeraba Hand Clinic.
Driving in a cast or splint may place you in a precarious situation regarding your insurance cover. If possible you may wish to consider arranging alternative transportation for the period you will be unable to drive yourself. You will also need an escort from the hospital post-operatively.
Generic post operative instructions include :
Specific post-operative instructions will be given to you following your operation.
Any surgical procedure carries some associated risk. This must always be weighed up against the likely benefits from the procedure, and an informed decision made by the patient. General risks of any procedure include anaesthetic risks (which will be discussed in more detail by the Anaesthetist), infection, failure of resolution of the symptoms and damage to the surrounding structures (including nerve, artery, tendon, joint, bone). Specifically in the hand, regional pain syndromes and stiffness may result from either trauma or surgery, or a combination of both.
- If you are in quarantine, have any flu-like symptoms or have been deemed a close contact with a COVID-19 patient, we request that you do not attend our rooms.
- Only the patient is permitted into our clinic, unless they are under 18 years, in which one parent/guardian is required.
-Unvaccinated patients will be required to wait outside prior to their appointment.
- Masks are mandatory.