All kneed up; Viscosupplementation


October 22, 2018 Health

Musculoskeletal  Medicine

Dr Matthew Allen on Injectable Gels for osteoarthritis of the knee.

Patients with knee osteoarthritis, who have tried exercise or over-the-counter pain and prescription nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories but still have significant pain may respond to an injectable gel for the knee. This product has been available for a number of years but there have been significant improvements recently with the cost coming down and the gels lasting longer.

Hyaluronic acid is a TGA  approved treatment for osteoarthritis. The clear gel is manufactured from a natural substance that is delivered by a small injection into the joint.  This lubricates the joint and may provide up to 9 months of knee pain relief with one injection. The viscoactive gel temporarily replaces and supplements the deteriorated fluid in the knee joint with a naturally derived lubricant closely resembling the fluid in healthy young knees.  These are now available at the Hub.

It is important to understand this not a cure nor a replacement for surgery when the knee becomes very arthritic. Moreover, it does not work for everybody. Very severe osteoarthritic knee pain always benefits from an orthopaedic specialist opinion.

In general, patients with lower grades of arthritis exhibit much better responses to HA injections compared to those with a more advanced disease.

Costs are variable ($350-500) and can be fully reimbursed for Department of Veteran Affairs patients.

Dr Matthew Allen has a special interest in Cosmetic Medicine and writes regular blogs for the Health Hub Doctors website to provide informative content on the range of treatments he provides. 



September 4, 2018 Health

EIMERGE Skin Centre

  • Cosmetic medicine

  • Dermatological Surgery

  • Skin cancer

  • Veins

  • Laser

  • Musculoskeletal medicine

We now have a dedicated Cosmetic Skin Clinic within Health Hub Doctors providing a comprehensive range of services including general dermatology, skin cancer care and a range of cosmetic services.

The cosmetic service is headed by Dr Matthew Allen and is a part of the general skin clinic at the Hub.  

Dr Allen has extensive experience in dermatoscopy to improve skin cancer detection and provide both surgical and non surgical management of cancers and sun damaged skin.

As a  fellow of the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery he has clinical training in the diagnosis & management of skin cancers, cosmetic skin concerns, lasers & minor dermatological surgery. Dr Allen also holds advanced certification in skin cancer, skin histopathology and a Diploma of Dermoscopy

His experience includes advanced skin cancer surgery, facial skin procedures, and treatments for varicose veins. His particular interest is the treatment of acne. He specialises in minimally invasive surgical and nonsurgical procedures for facial rejuvenation and restoration, In particular  thread lifting, fat transfer and laser resurfacing.

As well as utilising injectables® for line reduction, excessive sweating and migraines, he is also an expert in the advanced use of fillers for volume and contour restoration and correction.


Our Cosmetic Solutions

All injectables

  • A comprehensive range of skin injectables for  restoration of  facial  volume & the reduction of lines .

Laser and light therapies

  • Restore skin tone & coloration
  • Sciton BBL & Laser for the treatment of facial pigmentation, rosacea and veins.

Acne care

  • We can determine which is the best treatment for you professional medical care for the treatment of adolescent and adult acne

Vein treatments

  • New dimensions in spider and small varicose vein therapies

Cosmetic mole removal and other noncancer surgery

  • Non-skin cancer surgery for benign moles, ganglion, skin tags and scars with traditional surgical therapies been augmented by laser, radio frequency and photo dynamic procedures

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) for facial skin rejuvenation, sports medicine in orthopaedics

  • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy may offer a viable alternative to dermal fillers for facial restoration and also for orthopaedic problems  due to cartilage and/or tendon damage from over use and wear and tear.


July 17, 2018 Health

Dr Matthew Allen

​ Fellow of The Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery
MB ChB Dip O&G
FMFACCS
FRACGP

Dr Allen has extensive experience in  dermatoscopy  to improve skin cancer detection & provide both surgical & non surgical  management of cancers & sun damaged skin.

As a  fellow of the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery he has  clinical training in the diagnosis & management of skin cancers, cosmetic skin concerns, lasers & minor dermatological surgery. Dr Allen also  holds

​ advanced certification in skin cancer, skin histopathology and a Diploma of Dermoscopy

His experience includes advanced skin cancer surgery, facial skin procedures, and treatments for varicose veins. His particular interest is the treatment of acne .

He specialises in minimally invasive surgical and nonsurgical procedures for facial rejuvenation and restoration, In particular  thread lifting, fat transfer and laser resurfacing.

As well as utilising cosmetic injectables for line reduction, excessive sweating and migraines, he is also an expert in the advanced use of fillers for volume and contour restoration and correction.

Dr Ahmed Elsedfy

Accredited Skin Cancer Doctor by The College of Skin Cancer Australasia
MB ChB
AMCC
Dip Emergency Medicine (ACEM)
Advanced Certificates in Demoscopy and Skin Cancer Surgery (SCCA)

Dr Ahmed Elsedfy is an Accredited Skin Cancer Doctor by The College of Skin Cancer Australasia. Dr Elsedfy is a GP with over 30 years of experience. He has worked in trauma surgery overseas and has obtained a Diploma in Emergency Medicine from The Australian College of Emergency Medicine. Dr Elsedfy is interested in skin surgery, trauma, and all aspects of General Practice.



June 6, 2018 Health

Bowel cancer occurs when abnormal cells in the wall of the large bowel grow in an uncontrolled way.

So what are the symptoms of bowel cancer?

Bowel cancer is usually a slow-growing cancer that often has no symptoms in the early stages of the disease.
The most common symptoms of bowel cancer are:

  • Bleeding from the rectum (this may be noticed as blood in the stools)
  • Symptoms of anaemia
  • A change in bowel habit (loose stools or constipation)
  • Abdominal pain or cramping
  • Bloating
  • Weight loss
  • Unexplained tiredness or fatigue.

See: Cancer Australia – Govenment Website

There are a number of conditions that may cause these symptoms, not just bowel cancer. If any of these symptoms are experienced, it is important they are discussed with your doctor.
The good news is that this type of cancer is one of the most treatable, which is why screening for bowel cancer is so important!

A number of tests may be performed to investigate symptoms of bowel cancer and confirm a diagnosis, such as:
– a physical examination
– a blood test to check for anaemia
– an internal examination of the rectum, anus and colon – this may include a sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy
– imaging of the bowel, which may include barium enema, computed tomography (CT) scan or
– magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
– taking a sample of tissue (biopsy) from the bowel wall for examination under a microscope.

See: The Australian Government’s Cancer Factsheet

Bowel cancer is one of the most preventable cancers and your most effective protection is to:

  • do an FOBT (Faecal Occult Blood Test) every two years from age 50.
  • get 30 to 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise per day.
  • maintain a healthy body weight.
  • eat a well balanced diet.
  • avoid processed and burnt meat; limit red meat intake to three to four times per week.
  • limit alcohol.
  • quit smoking.

 
See: Cancer Australia – Govenment Website
It is important to consult your GP if you have any of the above symptoms.


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