COVID-19

COVID-19

As part of our community, Avenue Plastic Surgery has adapted quickly to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

All post-operative treatment is regarded as an essential medical service so patients are being seen as normal for dressings, Light Treatments and advice following surgery.

We have deferred all face-to-face consultations but these are available by phone or zoom tele-conferencing if required.

All non-urgent elective surgery has been postponed.  This is because of a nation-wide shortage of masks, gloves and gowns which is anticipated to be overwhelmed by patients requiring hospitalisation because of COVID-19 illness.

We have made a careful study of information that is known about corona viruses, including the COVIC-19 virus, and have made a number of posts on this subject.

We have developed a specific “immune booster” mixture containing zinc, vitamins and flavonoids which we believe, on best evidence, could be helpful in preventing and treating this disease. This can be purchased through our skin store http://store.avenueadvancedskincare.com.au/liquid-gold-immunity-booster/.  Of course, there is no proof as yet that any of these measures work and therefore it is most important to follow our Government’s instructions regarding social distancing and staying at home as much as possible.

We have strongly advocated for the use of hydroxychloroquine for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 illness.  We have been following the literature closely and lobbied extensively for the use of hydroxychloroquine as a public health measure for patients who have been diagnosed with the disease, for their contacts and also for health workers and others at high risk.

The good news. 

Government mandated public health measures appear to be working.  The number of new cases reported each day appears to be slowly decreasing and this is a sign that we may have been successful in “flattening the curve”.  This means that it is becoming increasingly likely that our public hospital services will not be overwhelmed by patients seeking treatment for this virus.

Just in case, however, the Government has ensured excess bed capacity, ordered large numbers of additional ventilators to support very ill patients with their breathing and has ordered millions of masks, gloves and gowns.

Because of the above we are hopeful, but not certain, that elective surgery will be able to recommence by late April or early May.  So, to our many patients who have been forced to defer their surgery, we say thank you for your patience and we assure you that we will use our best endeavours to schedule your surgery as soon as possible.

The following is an excellent video explaining how we contract the virus, how the virus affects our body and how “social distancing” is effective in controlling the disease.

Here are some useful links:

A wonderful explanation on Covid-19 https://youtu.be/BtN-goy9VOY

A blog on how Dr Kalus is helping staff and his family during this time https://www.avenueplasticsurgery.com.au/protecting-ourselves-and-our-families-from-the-covid-19-virus

Allan Kalus