A/Prof Graham, Dr Butler and Dr Loch-Wilkinson operate privately at John Flynn Private Hospital and Pindara Private Hospital, on the Gold Coast.
Prior to undergoing surgery, it is advisable to cease smoking as this inhibits wound healing, increases the risk of non union of fractures, and makes you more vulnerable to post-operative wound and chest infections.
Some medications need to be ceased prior to surgery (specifically some blood thinning and some immunosuppressive medications).
Please check with Dr Graham / Dr Butler / Dr Loch-Wilkinson or the Mudgeeraba Hand Clinic staff at the time of consultation if you need to cease any of your medications prior to doing so.
If you are diabetic, you will need to carefully monitor your blood sugar levels when you are fasting. More information will be given to you from the Mudgeeraba Hand Clinic.
Driving in a cast or splint may place you in a precarious situation with your insurance. If possible, you may wish to consider arranging alternative transportation for the period you will be recovering. You will also need an escort from the hospital post-operatively.