August 2020 - Melanoma New Zealand Newsletter
Covid-19 and our Clinic - update August 2020
We are running our practice during Level 2 but not at normal capacity. We have bigger gaps between our appointments (resulting in fewer people in our waiting room), regular cleaning between patients, social distancing between staff and patients and strict requirements re our patients and staff being well.
Covid-19 and our Clinic - update June 2020
We are pleased to report that we are now running our practice (almost) as normal again - at Alert Level 1.During Level 4 we continued to care for our patients needing post-operative care and we treated some very serious skin cancers. At Level 3 we treated only our patients with serious skin cancers and acute hand issues. During this time almost all of our staff worked remotely with their remote access to our system and our phones. At Level 2 we ran much smaller clinics than normal whilst we observed social distancing and cleaning requirements, some of our staff still worked at home when possible.
Now that we are at Level 1, we are able to run bigger clinics again and treat more patients. All our staff are back on site now and we are enjoying some normality again. We still ask that our patients still hand sanitise upon entry to our premises. We also have the government QR codes available to scan at our front door.
Thank you to all our patients for their understanding and patience during this time. We look forward to seeing you again soon!
Statement from the NZ Association of Plastic Surgeons on Breast Implant Illness - Sept 2019
Recently there has been a lot of discussion in the media about Breast Implant Illness. Mr Kenton-Smith is always happy to see his patients to discuss the removal of breast implants and will always remove implants if asked. If you wish to have an appointment to discuss this, or to have a check up, then please call us. However, stories in the media aren't required to be backed up by science. Surgeons are genuinely concerned for the welfare of their patients and so the professional body representing NZ Plastic Surgeons, NZAPS, has issued a statement to guide the public in a more scientific way.
Mr Kenton-Smith - attendee at the New Zealand Association of Plastic Surgery - August 2019
This year's NZAPS conference was held in Queenstown - 30 August to 1 September. Jesse attended a number of informative talks on hand surgery and new techniques in reconstructive surgery.
Mr Kenton-Smith - 2019 Convener of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) conference Wellington - August 2019
Mr Kenton-Smith convened this year's RACS conference in Wellington, 15-17 August 2019. Jesse is a board member of RACS and last year was asked to convene the RACS annual scientific meeting. He worked with a small group of other RACS board members to decide on a programme and speakers for the annual conference. Jesse is passionate about safeguarding the public from medical practitioners working as unqualified surgeons and the programme was centered around this issue. The conference went well and included speakers such as The Minster of Health, The Health and Disciplinary Commissioner and the Head of the Medical Council.
The ASAPS Non-Surgical Symposium, Sydney - 14 to 16 June 2019
Jesse attended this conference as a Member of the Board of the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS). This 3 day long conference focused on the use of non-surgical techniques to achieve aesthetic results. There were speakers from top clinics in England, America and Australia talking about the discoveries and techniques being used for rejuvenation. Topics included: fillers, Botox, cosmeceuticals, micro-needling and other high tech treatments now in use. One of our clinic's injectors, Dr Kate Matthews, was also a delegate at this conference. Both doctors found the conference fascinating.
Mr Kenton-Smith to travel to India in March to work with the surgical charity - Operation Smile - March 2019
Operation Smile is an American Charity that organises volunteer Cleft Lip and Palate Surgeons to travel to developing countries and help local people by correcting their children's cleft lip and palates. Jesse works with this charity on at least one mission per year.
Scientific evidence that Botox is an effective treatment for Migraine sufferers - Feb 2019
Both Jesse and Mary offer Botox treatment for migraines and have had a lot of success with these treatments over the years. This article from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons supports the use of Botox as an effective treatment for migraines: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/news/press-releases/botulinum-toxin-reduces-chronic-migraine-attacks-compared-to-placebo
Mr. Kenton-Smith and Dr. Mary Irvine to attend the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Non-Surgical Symposium - June 2018
Jesse and Mary will be attending this conference to continue furthering their knowledge of non-surgical aesthetic plastic surgery. This conference will include many workshops and guest speakers. Jesse and Mary will bring back the latest techniques and knowledge of non-surgical facial rejuvenation.
Mr Kenton-Smith travelled to The Philippines to work with the surgical charity - Operation Smile - May 2018
Jesse spent 12 days operating in The Phillipines with Operation Smile this month. Operation Smile is an American Charity that organises volunteer Cleft Lip and Palate Surgeons to travel to developing countries and help local people by correcting their children's cleft lip and palates. Jesse works with this charity on at least one mission per year. On this mission Jesse was part of a team of 5 surgeons who corrected 154 cleft lip and palates in children under 16. The surgical team also included 2 Filipino cleft lip and palate surgeons who were seeking to further their skills with input from the international team.
Jesse is pleased to have been voted on to The Board of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons of New Zealand. He is one of 12 members of The Board and will represent the interests and beliefs of other New Zealand Surgeons over the next 3 years. This is the second time Jesse has been chosen to sit on The Board.
Jesse will be attending this conference for 5 days at the beginning of June 2017. There are some very interesting an eminent international speakers presenting at this conference, including experts on Melanoma providing an update on the latest findings.
The vast majority of patients can be treated non-surgically with good correction of their fingers via nerve blocks/injection. The bands are then broken a week later leading to a much faster recovery and often better outcomes. We are just waiting for insurers to approve funding but in the meantime, those patients who are insured will find it cheaper than the surgery.
Advantages of Xiaflex include: a rapid recovery of 1-2 weeks, compares to 4-8 weeks with surgery, and a lower cost of treatment.
This injection should only be administered by a hand surgeon who fully understands the implications of treatment.
Jesse has travelled to Bali this month with another surgeon from Perth to work for a surgical charity serving the people of Indonesia. During his week there, Jesse operated on many children and babies with cleft lip and palates and on several children and adults with severe burns scars. There were also local surgeons attending these sessions to learn new techniques from the visiting surgeons. http://johnfawcett.org/childrens-corrective-surgery/
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