In Australia, three groups of specialist surgeons perform hand surgery – Plastic Surgeons, Orthopedic Surgeons and General Surgeons. Whilst it is debatable, Plastic surgeons are generally considered to be the most skilled and experienced in performing hand surgery. Australian trained Plastic & Reconstructive surgeons spend an enormous amount of their training dealing with hand surgery – both elective and emergency, including complex reconstructive microsurgery.
SHSC’s founder and surgical director is Dr Dona, a specialist Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon. He is a consultant plastic surgeon at Westmead & Auburn Hospitals, where he spends much of his time attending to major hand trauma and reconstructive microsurgery. He is actively involved in the teaching of trainee plastic surgeons.
Dr Dona’s contribution and commitment to the development of Hand & Reconstructive Surgery is unquestionable with a proven clinical and academic record. He has given over 50 presentations at international, national and local conferences where he has won numerous awards for his work, including the prestigious prize for Best Scientific Paper presented at the British Society for Surgery of the Hand meeting in London (2003). He also has the honour of being recognised by the International Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand (IFSSH) in 2005 for his contribution to the development of hand surgery.
Dr Dona frequently attends Plastic Surgical conferences to keep in touch with internationally recognised leaders in the field, ensuring he stays abreast of the latest techniques.
The best possible surgery will only give quality results if it is followed by specialist Hand Therapy (Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy). In fact, patients will usually spend far more time with the Hand Therapists than they do with the specialist doctors. Therefore, due to the widespread geographical distribution of our patients, we use a network of specialist Hand Therapists. This is designed to ensure our patients do not have to travel too far from home for their often frequent visits. Constant communication between our specialist doctors and Hand Therapists ensures the patients Total Care is individualized and streamlined, further ensuring the patient has a rapid return to work and function.
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