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Surgeon referral required in New Zealand (North Island)
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09/16/19 02:12
StanRobson 
09/16/19 02:12
StanRobson 
Surgeon referral required in New Zealand (North Island)

My ring finger getting rather bent now (after 10 years of gradual decline) Need to get it looked at soon.
Thanks
Stan

09/16/19 08:03
spanishbuddha 

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09/16/19 08:03
spanishbuddha 

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Re: Surgeon referral required in New Zealand (North Island)

StanRobson:
My ring finger getting rather bent now (after 10 years of gradual decline) Need to get it looked at soon.
Thanks
Stan
Hi Stan, you saw the reference to the one doc we list under NA here https://www.dupuytren-online.info/NA_lis..._countries.html? There is a thread on Xiaflex https://www.dupuytren-online.info/Forum_...1547356934.html but no doc names I could see, hopefully someone else from that thread will chime in.

11/15/19 02:42
dupynz 
11/15/19 02:42
dupynz 
Re: Surgeon referral required in New Zealand (North Island)

Can't really help you, Stan as I'm in the South Island!

But I wish you all the best! You don't necessarily have to have the best surgeon available. I reckons it's a matter of sheer luck, though you do definitely want a plastic surgeon!

I am a week away from my 2nd surgery - right hand this time, middle finger.

Last year I had my left (dominant) hand done and I am by and large very pleased. I am in Christchurch and had it done through the public hospital system. Rather a long wait as you'd expect. I thought it was being done by one of Chch's top plastic surgeons but I never actually set eyes on him! It was sort of under his supervision but the actual op. was done by a registrar which didn't fill me with confidence, especially as, the day of the op. she looked at my very bent little finger and expressed doubts as to whether it would be able to be straightened. (Ring finger also affected but not as badly).
I had a fasciectomy - not a skin graft, but nodules removed from the palm.

Result, both fingers pretty straight, and that's still the case. Not a quick fix, because there's hand therapy and care needed not to over do things (I used a power drill a couple of months post-op. using my operated hand, just for 2-3 tiny holes, and my hand went instantly numb and stayed that way till I had a steroid injection in the carpal nerve in my wrist!!)
I'd say it was 6 months before I got full strength back in that hand. it is still a bit sore at times.
But, no regrets and so I'm happy to have the other hand operated on. (Well, not happy.... I know what a hassle it is!)

And this time it is definitely being done by the top surgeon I hoped for last year.

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