Melbourne Hand Surgery 

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Latest news: Masks are and will remain mandatory when you attend our practice in person, and we request that you log your attendance via our Victorian Government QR code, by entering location code 3D7RE3 into the Services Victoria App or by writing your details on the physical register at our reception.

Elective surgery is currently unrestricted by COVID, as are rooms procedures. Dr Tomlinson is operating at The Avenue and Glenferrie Private; Epworth Cliveden has closed. Our offices are closed on Friday.

All suitable consultations at Melbourne Hand Surgery are currently conducted via telehealth at our dedicated virtual clinic to maximise patient and staff safety. We have enhanced hygiene measures in our rooms including acrylic screens, masks, hand sanitiser, face shields and physical distancing-related changes. We 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.

Avocados: a hidden health hazard

Persea americana 2Avocados are delicious; I eat them regularly. But I also regularly perform surgery on people who have sustained an "avocado injury" - when they accidentally plunge a sharp knife into their hand while trying to remove the pit from the avocado. Even actress Meryl Streep sustained an "avocado injury" in 2012.

Sometimes no significant structures are injured, but sometimes the knife cuts a nerve, an artery and/or a tendon. It is possible to have a partial injury to a tendon and still be able to move the hand normally, but there is a significant risk that a partially injured tendon may completely rupture, so review by a hand surgeon is recommended.

The most dangerous way to remove the pit from an avocado is to stab the end of the knife at the pit - because the knife can glance off the side and plunge straight into your hand.

The safest way to remove the pit from an avocado is with a spoon. The YouTube video below shows a safe method with a knife - from a mother who explains that she has adjusted her technique after she cut herself and had to have stitches. Another relatively safe technique using a knife is demonstrated in photos at this website.

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