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.
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.
Fellow of The Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery
MB ChB Dip O&G
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.
Accredited Skin Cancer Doctor by The College of Skin Cancer Australasia
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.
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:
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.
Bowel cancer is one of the most preventable cancers and your most effective protection is to:
See: Cancer Australia – Govenment Website
It is important to consult your GP if you have any of the above symptoms.
Thank you for all of your support on our opening day! We are proud to be a part of this community and able to provide you with the highest quality patient-centered care. Our General Practice has opened alongside Health Hub's Minor Accident & Illness Centre, which has the same operating hours of 8AM - 8PM. Health Hub Doctors Morayfield is a book-in service where you can book an appointment over the phone or online through our booking system. The Minor Accident & Illness Centre is a non-appointment, walk-in centre for the treatment of broken bones, burns, cuts and lacerations, and other minor accidents or illnesses.
Call us today on (07) 5322 4900!
Health Hub Doctors Morayfield will officially be open for operation on the 11th of December! We are extremely excited to be working within Health Hub Morayfield.
On the opening date there will be two services in operation, which are the General Practice and the Minor Accident & Illness Centre.
We have a range of doctors with varying interests and specialties who are dedicated to delivering the best possible care for the betterment of your overall health. Our highly trained support team will ensure that you receive professional care with limited waiting times.
Within this Centre we will have doctors and nurses ready to treat you for minor accidents or illness. This is not a replacement for a Hospital Emergency Department, but we do offer similar services for minor incidents and illnesses.
Our specialised staff manage many injuries and illnesses. This includes:
We understand that there are injuries that won’t require you to go ER, yet they are serious enough to cause discomfort. In these cases our Minor Accident & Illness Centre have you covered and ensures that you are receiving high quality treatment for all injuries and illness.
To assist with this treatment we have access to great facilities and services, which are:
NOTE: This is NOT a replacement for ER or an Ambulance!
We will be opening many more facilities into the future that won’t be open on the 11th of December.
You can click the links for more information on these services:
In addition to these services, we will also have access to a pharmacy, physiotherapist, sports injury and rehab clinic and consultant specialists as they become available in the Health Hub.
Health Hub Morayfield will operate and manage the buildings and facilities, including Health Hub Doctors. Within Health Hub Morayfield, there will be a huge range of health services and facilities. Click here to find out more about information on Health Hub Morayfield.
We have an upcoming community consultation to discuss how services for mental health could be improved in the local area. If you or someone you know is living with mental illness, please come along on Saturday the 11th of November.
Saturday 11th November
9am – 12pm
Room J1.15 at QUT Caboolture
80-106 Tallon St
Call Rita to RSVP on 5412 0400
Location: Room J1.15 at QUT Caboolture: 80-106 Tallon Street.
Date: Saturday 21st of October