About this website
Did you know studies show that 50% of patients walk out of a doctor's office not knowing what they were told or what they should do? Ninety percent (yes, 90%) of adult patients have difficulty following routine medical advice. Orca Health has a great infographic that shows how important communication is between a doctor and patient.
My dad used to tell me that no matter how specialised or senior someone is they should always be able to explain their work to the cleaner (a version of a quotation from New Zealand physicist Ernest Rutherford). It always made good sense to me, and probably explains why I try hard to give my patients explanations in language that they can understand and to answer all their questions. Few people enjoy uncertainty, particularly when it comes to their health.
I encourage my patients to make lists before their consultation, so that we can go through them (lists of your medications, questions, problems - anything that you think is important and that you might forget to ask or tell). I've created this website as a resource so that you can read more about your condition and treatment before or after your surgical consultation. I hope it helps you find the answers to your questions - and if you still have questions after reading it, please make a list and make an appointment to discuss them with your GP or with me.
If you read something on this website that you think is incorrect (or if you find a broken link, or an error) please let me know so I can correct it. And please also feel free to let me know your questions - while I can't answer individual patient enquiries via email I can develop new website content that may address your concerns.
This website is written and updated by Dr Jillian Tomlinson MBBS(Hons), PG Dip Surg Anat, FRACS(Plast), a fully qualified plastic, reconstructive and hand surgeon who practices in Victoria, Australia. This website aims to inform patients and health professionals about hand surgery, illness prevention and the practice and philosophy of Dr Jill Tomlinson. The information on this website is designed to complement, not replace, the relationship between a patient and his/her own doctor. The information is not meant to replace the advice of your health professional. This website is funded by Dr Tomlinson; it does not host or receive funding from advertising or from the display of commercial content. To determine when each article was last reviewed please refer to the "last updated" stamp at the bottom of each article. Journal articles and other sources are referenced within each individual article where relevant.