Melbourne Hand Surgery 

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Face masks remain mandatory when you attend our practice in person. Videoconsultations are conducted via telehealth at our dedicated virtual clinic to maximise patient and staff safety. We are experiencing extremely high demand for appointments so require that all patients provide a referral prior to booking an appointment so that we can identify and manage urgent and emergency conditions in a timely manner, and so that our surgeons can assess your suitability for a telehealth appointment and identify any further information or tests that might be required before your consultation. If our surgeons assess that your condition (especially recent injuries) is best managed with hand therapy rather than surgery we may recommend that you see a qualified hand therapist (physiotherapist or occupational therapist) rather than schedule an appointment with our surgeons.    If you are eligible to get vaccinated and/or boosted, please do so. Our next available non-urgent appointments are around eight months away; our offices will close on Friday 16 December 2022 and will reopen on Monday 9 January 2023. 

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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