We offer treatment for a wide range of hand and wrist surgical conditions, including trauma, tendon injuries, nerve injuries, Dupuytren’s disease, carpal tunnel syndrome and many other conditions.
What is HAND SURGERY?
Hand surgery encapsulates both elective and trauma surgeries. Elective surgery commonly treats ganglions, carpal tunnel, trigger finger, dupuytren's and arthritis that affect the everyday function and appearance of the hand.
Our experienced surgeons are involved in the treatment and management of all hand trauma cases ranging from nailbed injuries through to major microsurgical cases for complete replantation of digits and limbs.
Quite often, hand and wrist pain can be treated with rest, ice and over-the-counter painkillers. But some hand and wrist pain may require surgery.
In 2019, Dr Theo Birch and Dr Andrew Hadj successfully reattached a man's hand after a workplace accident.
FOUR LOCATIONS ONE EXPERIENCED TEAM
Suite 2.02 550 Stanley St Mater Private Clinic South Brisbane QLD 4101
We require a GP referral for all surgical procedures. Please book in with your GP to discuss and obtain a referral.
After referral, you will have two consultations with our team prior to booking in your procedure. The first consultation will be with the surgeon who will be performing your procedure and will be in-person – this is a great time to discuss the specifics of your situation, the outcomes you are hoping to achieve, your personal health and lifestyle concerns and attributes, along with all possible treatment options, the recovery process and any risks involved. Your second consultation may be with your surgeon again, or could be with another of our team who is qualified to consult on your treatment. At least one consultation must be in-person at one of our practices.
After your two consultation appointments, you can provide signed consent for the decided upon treatment and your procedure will be booked in. There is a 7 day cooling off period from the day of your signed consent.
If you are under the age of 18 years, please contact us directly to discuss your consultation process as it will differ to the process for adult patients.
Before hand surgery is considered, your doctor will always recommend non-surgical options first.
The initial treatment options for hand and wrist pain are:
Resting your hands.
Physiotherapy and hand exercises.
If none of these options work for you, your doctor may refer you to a hand surgeon and this is when a plastic surgery may be recommended.
The ideal preparation is to stay fit and healthy by maintaining a good diet, with good sleep, minimising alcohol intake and not smoking.
We believe in finding the best treatment option to match a patient’s requirements and their financial circumstances. Please make an appointment to discuss costs in detail related to your specific treatment.
There are many low-cost options both in Australia and overseas and great care should be taken when dealing with a surgeon who is not an ASPS / AHPRA / FRACS recognised Plastic Surgeon. Unfortunately, many patients confuse plastic surgeons with cosmetic surgeons (as recently mentioned in the ABC Four Corners report) and the training varies significantly.
Not everyone is aware of the fact that in Australia, qualified plastic surgeons are specialist hand surgeons in the first place.
Always ask your surgeon about their experience. We recommend that you ensure your plastic surgeon has undertaken over 12 years of post-medical specialist training. It’s also recommended to always seek second opinions if you have concerns. Ultimately you should feel comfortable with the surgeon you are seeing.
Plastic Surgery Queensland advocates the National Law and Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) guidelines that any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.