I’ve been back on the Gold Coast now for 6 weeks, and I couldn’t have anticipated just how busy I would be!
I know I should have written some new articles by now. There is always more to talk about, and there is so much more than breast reconstruction that I want to discuss.
I think I was caught unawares when it came to re-opening the rooms. But, if I’m honest, my time is equally being dominated by my work at the Gold Coast University Hospital. The demand for Reconstructive Plastic Surgery on the Gold Coast is enormous, yet our unit is really too small to handle the workload.
The Gold Coast deserves a public Plastic Surgery unit. As it stands, what is offered is barely adequate, despite the hard work of all those involved. Patients are still looking (and being referred) further afield to Brisbane, which is really unfortunate. There are many reasons for the current situation at GCUH, and I can only hope that changes can be brought to bear to allow the people of the Gold Coast to be treated where they want to be treated: right here, on the Gold Coast.
That being said, I will be writing some new material very soon. I promised that I would discuss the problem of abdominal hernias and bulges after DIEP flap breast reconstruction, and after that we will move on to a completely different (and very Australian) topic.