Melbourne Hand Surgery 

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Latest news: Elective hospital surgeries are now unrestricted and we have options to book prior to Christmas. You no longer need to have a COVID test prior to hospital admission. Dr Tomlinson is operating at The Avenue and Glenferrie Private; Epworth Cliveden is indefinitely closed at this time. Our offices will be closed from 21 December 2020 until 10 January 2021 inclusive.

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 implemented 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 urgent and emergency conditions can be identified and managed 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.

Victorians are in this together and together we will get through this. Thank you for your understanding as our community works through these unprecedented times together (last updated: 24 November 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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