He specialises in arthroscopic (“keyhole”) hand and wrist surgery to access and repair a wide range of conditions.
Hand surgery is a broad term that covers many different types of procedures. The end goal is to restore hand and finger function, which may be impaired due to injury, birth defect, deformity, pain, medical condition or infection.
The wrist is a complex joint with eight small bones and many connecting ligaments. A wrist arthroscopy can be used to diagnose and treat a number of conditions of the wrist, including chronic wrist pain, wrist fractures, ganglion cysts, and ligament tears.
The surgeon makes small incisions (called portals) through the skin in specific locations around a joint. These incisions are less than half an inch long. The arthroscope, which is approximately the size of a pencil, is inserted through these incisions. The arthroscope contains a small lens, a miniature camera, and a lighting system.
Most arthroscopic procedures take less than an hour, however, the length of your surgery will depend on what your surgeon finds and what repairs are required. Once the problem is clearly identified, your surgeon will insert other small instruments through separate incisions to treat it.
Yes. He consults and operates in both the private and public hospital systems and maintains a busy public hospital roster, which confers the benefit of maintaining up-to-date surgical skills.
Many people with conditions seen by Dr Genon are best managed without surgery. All surgery carries risks. Dr Genon takes a conservative approach to surgery and will exhaust all non-invasive options available before considering surgery, or as guided by the scientific evidence. He is considerate and respectful and will take the time to listen to you, and to jointly determine the best course of action.
For those that need surgery, most hand and wrist surgery is performed as a day surgery procedure. Occasionally an over-night stay at hospital may be required. Dr Genon aims to give all patients early and rapid return-to-function through the use of minimally-invasive surgical techniques and the most advanced technology available.