Melbourne Hand Surgery 

Coronavirus update: We will be closed on Wednesday 8 April, but will reopen at 8:30am on Thursday 9 April. 

Melbourne Hand Surgery has mechanisms to protect our patients and staff while we continue to provide healthcare services. All consultations are now conducted via telehealth (phone or videoconference), except where we have previously confirmed the requirement for an in-person physical examination or wound care management.  Only emergency surgery is being conducted in hospitals for the foreseeable future, in keeping with Government directives. 

Due to the change in circumstances we will be closed on Fridays until further notice. If our practice is unable to physically open for business at any point in the coming weeks or months we will communicate this to existing scheduled patients via email and SMS (please do not attempt to reply other than with Y or N to an SMS, as the automated system does not facilitate this). Incoming telephone calls and receipt of voicemail messages may be temporarily affected by such a change. We will use this website banner to update you on changes to our practice and the availability of non-urgent procedures and surgery in the weeks and months ahead. Thank you for your understanding as our entire community works through these unprecedented and rapidly evolving times together (last updated: 4 April 2020).

Rheumatoid arthritis, medications and surgery

 

capsules 200x150Decisions to stop or continue medications before or after surgery need to take into consideration your medical conditions as well as the type of surgery. For minor procedures that are performed under local anaesthetic there is usually no need to stop regular medications for rheumatoid arthritis, but for larger procedures it may be recommended to stop the medication prior to surgery and recommence it once your wounds have healed (usually 2 weeks after surgery). Current evidence suggests:

Medication Perioperative management
NSAIDs Continue for hand surgery unless unusually high bleeding risk exists
Methotrexate Continue
Sulfasalazine Insufficient data
Azathioprine Insufficient data
Cyclophosphamide Insufficient data
Cyclosporine Discontinue 3-4 days before surgery, recommence after wounds have healed
Hydroxychloroquine Discontinue prior to surgery; recommence after wounds have healed
Penicillamine Discontinue on day of surgery, recommence after wounds have healed
Leflunomide® Insufficient data
Infliximab® Insufficient data
Etanercept® Insufficient data
Adalimumab® Insufficient data
Hydrocortisone Continue
Prednisolone Continue
Methylprednisolone Continue
Dexamethasone Continue

Reference

Thorsness RJ, Hammert WC. Perioperative management of rheumatoid medications. J Hand Surg AM 2012; 37A; p1928-1931

 

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