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).

Blood thinners & hand surgery

If you regularly take a blood thinning medication to prevent strokes, heart attacks, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolus or other types of blood clots your medication list will include one of the following medications:

  • aspirin
  • clopidogrel (other names include Plavix®, Iscover®, Piax®, DuoCover®, CoPlavix®)
  • warfarin (other names include Coumadin®, Marevan®)
  • clexane

hands dialing phone If there is a good reason for you to take this medication it is usually appropriate for you to continue with your medication around the time of hand surgery. Commonly the risks and potential outcomes of stopping the medication (like a stroke or heart attack) are worse than the risk of increased post operative bruising and bleeding in hand surgery.

If you are taking blood thinning medications we need to discuss this prior to your surgery and determine what should be done. Please do not stop your medication without obtaining medical advice. In most instances I will be able to perform your hand surgery without ceasing your anticoagulant medications.

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