Australia Surgeons

neonglow

New Member
Wollongong, Australia

RE: DR. Warwick J Adams
MBBS MS FRACS Colorectal Surgeon
Fairy Meadow, NSW 2519
Phone: 02 42834065


What I had done:
Pilonidal sinus excision with single stage local flap
The Karydakis method was used.

I am so grateful to Dr. Adams, both prior to sugery and after he kept me well informed with the ins and outs of the procedure, he took the time to fully explain all aspect of the operation and even drew pictures and diagrams of my situation.

Dr. Adams hand picks such a great support staff (Anaethesist, Nurses, Office staff etc). He also works in handpicked hospitals, and I have to say my experience was perfect from start to end, in every aspect.

I was really scared to have this done, but DR. Adams exceeded expectations every step of the way.
Physically I can hardly see a scar, I've had next to no discomfort, and I could say that the process could not have been better. He even instructs the Anaethesist to provide his clients with a relaxant before surgery (if there is a wait time) which calmed me down since I was really nervous.
This has all been more like a holiday from work!

Other noteworthy highlights:
*I was not charged for any of the follow-up appointments

*At one stage I had a concern with my wound, DR Adams took me in even though he was fully booked out that day, and again, no charge. (btw. wound was fine)

*I was never rushed and any questions were thoroughly answered in detail, you really get the impression that he cares.

*I felt NO pain during my entire recovery period (except for removal of stiches, but they were extraced by a community nurse) and used no painkillers

*Dr Adams total out-of-pocket cost for the operation was AU$331.75 which I found was amazingly well priced (I am not in a health fund)

I could go on all day,

If I lived 1000 Kilometers away I would still hitch hike just to have my procedure done with Dr Adams. He's gained my complete trust.

I hope this shows how much respect I have for this great Surgeon

Please dont hesitate to contact me about my experience or about this Sugeon
MSN: junk@neonglow.com.au
E-Mail: john@neonglow.com.au

Best of luck with your Surgery! You'll be right!

John
 

iedian

New Member
Great surgeon in SYDNEY, Australia

Hi all,

I hope this gives some of you some relief. I was diagnosed with a huge pilonidal sinus. I did some research and finally got a karydakis flap surgery dome at concord hospital in sydney.

I found my surgeon Dr.Matt Rickard a colorectal specialist extremly skill full. As I said before my sureon was great. My cut was 2 inches deep and 13 inches long ( HUGE..he said the biggest one done by him so far..not the most complicated). Anyways I was admitted to concord hospital after surgery and was there for nine days ( one has to be very patient) in that time I was looked after by my doctor pretty well and was finally discharged home. I had bed rest at home for 4 weeks becuase of my wound being soo big and then could start work normally. I was fully healed after 8 weeks smaller ones will heal in 4 and you can go to work after 2 weeks. I found Dr. Matt Rickard very positive, has great knowledge and is very skillfull in his surgery. My wound could have had many complications but my recovery by grace of god was painless and fun ( watched lots of movies and TV.. a big thanks to my wonderful wife for taking such good care of me..). I will recommend anyone in sydney who has this problem to visit Dr. Rickard. I say he is excellent and I was one of the biggest procedures he has done. For most of you it will be a walk in the park. His address is

DR M Rickard.

Address: Suite 209 - 211
Medical Centre
Concord Hospital

Phone(s): 9767 8317
87530039
Fax(s): 9767 5574 [/b]

Good luck..
 

shpongled

New Member
i second this, i also went to Dr Rickard and had a karydakis flap surgery performed. not as big as the guy above me - my cut was around 7-8 inches long i think. i was in surgery for 2 hours, total bedrest in hospital for 48hrs after, then was able to go home on the morning of the 5th day. i ended up being off work for another 5 weeks after that, but i could've gone back earlier. .. just wanted to make the most of my time off :)

I don't have any experience with other surgeons for this condition as this was my first pilonidal operation, but as far as i can tell he did an awesome job. He really seemed to know what he was doing as he said he does alot of these procedures. he is also a very friendly and professional guy too, i definitely felt like i was in good hands. i would recommend anyone in sydney with a pilonidal problem to go see him.
 

mumto2

New Member
Paul Kitchen, Australia

Hello,

My 17 year old son has 4-5 pilonidal sinuses. We've had one consultation with a surgeon already, but knew very little about the condition at the time. I've since been reading here (and other places) and have scheduled a second consultation with Paul Kitchen in Melbourne.

I'm most interested in hearing from anyone who has had surgery performed by Mr. Kitchen and what their experience of that was. I see his name mentioned frrequently here, but have not read any real life accounts.

My son will be entering his final year of VCE (year 12) this February so we have a limited 'window of opportunity' to have the surgery done. I'm trying to weigh the risks of (immediate) surgery against those of waiting and possibly managing the condition for another year.

Any response would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance,
mumto2
 

mumto2

New Member
Consultation update

Update on our meeting with Paul Kitchen...

Firstly, it was a pleasure to consult with a doctor that actually took the time to educate you on the condition and procedure. That, in my experience, is rare.

We came in with a list of questions, but actually asked very few as most were answered without any prompting from us.

Dr. Kitchen discussed the possibility of 'picking the pits', but I knew that wasn't really a viable or desirable option with 5. And that was his conclusion also.

I certainly was very pleased with the consult as was my son and husband. It was the reassurance we were ALL looking for.

So our son is booked this Thursday (tommorrow) for surgery. Quick I know, but I think we were all mentally prepared to act NOW. The rest is out of our hands.

This forum/site is fantastic! I never even knew this condition existed before now. Like my husband commented.... 'not the kind of thing ppl talk about at parties.' I guess not.

So a BIG thank-you to everyone that makes this site possible! So many ppl, so much suffering. It literally breaks my heart. I wish the very best to you ALL!

And I will keep posting on my son's progress in hopes that our experience will be of help to someone else.

Cheers,
Mumto2
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flatlinerz

New Member
Paul Kitchen in Australia Melbourne

ok well I had an op last year on my pilonidal sinus at a public hospital....and now its back and just wondering do you have to have private insurance to see him??

thanks all
 

ashthree

New Member
I've heard good reports in regards to Paul.
I used Richard Gilhome who is based at Valley Private and Knox Private hospital. I'm currently 4 months on from a closed flap surgery from him and have fully recovered, back playing full contact sport ect ect.

When I had my first appointment with Richard I knew my private health insurance was not going to cover the surgery and his office did give me the option of going on the public wait list. So in short, I think if Paul operates on the same basis as Richard you should be able to go onto the public wait list.

Just for the record, I was operated on in Knox private and was out of pocket after Medicare around $2200.00 which seems like alot of money but I thought it was pretty good value seeing I was operated on 1 week after the consultation and I was in a private hospital.
 

flatlinerz

New Member
really that sounds good...I will give him a call see what happens...judging by your good word for him 4 weeks full recovery is great
 

ashthree

New Member
I'll just correct you there mate, I'm 4 MONTHS fully recovered at the moment. It took around 6 weeks for me to be fully recovered from the operation. Life was back to normal at the four week mark, but I could not play sport or sit for long periods of time.

Another member used Paul at the same time I used Richard and her son was recovered along the same time frame. The procedure these guys use is simmler to the "cleft lift" you here on these forums with slight changes to the procedure. Looking at my wound site now, you would be hard pressed to know I had anything done, the scare is almost a flesh color now and the cleft still looks normal if that makes any sense.

So to wrap it up, it looks as if we a spoiled for choice in Melbourne with Paul Kitchen and Richard Gilhome!
 

siva09

New Member
I can second what Mumto2 has to say about Dr Kitchen above. I recently saw him to get a second opinion regarding a suspected pilonidal sinus that I have. He explained everything about the condition really well so I felt confident and informed about what to do. I'm booked in for my op next week.
 

mumto2

New Member
Wishing you all the best for your upcoming surgery Siva!

If you have any concerns post-op, don't hesitate to ring Paul, his rooms or hospital. I found him very prompt in getting back. He even rang us later to make sure all was well. Not many doctors that I know of would do that. He even gives out his home number as a contact! I was very impressed with Paul full stop. I think you made a fine choice.

Let us know how you go.

Cheers,
Mumto2.
 

mumto2

New Member
Contact Details

There seems to be some confusion over how to contact Paul Kitchen in Melbourne, so thought I would post the details that I have.

Paul consults from a couple different rooms:

1. Harley Medical Chambers
171 Victoria Pde
Fitzroy 3965
Ph: 9416 0322

2. Private Consulting Rooms
Diamond Valley Hospital
17 Grimshaw St
Greensborough 3088
Ph: 9435 2477


The two hospitals he operates from:

1. Northcote (Private) Hospital
Greenhills Rd
Bundoora 3083
Ph: 9467 1937

2. St. Vincents (Public) Hospital
41 Victoria Parade
Fitzroy 3065
Ph: 9288 2211


Hope this helps,
Mumto2.
 

melb2010

New Member
ashthree;66258 said:
So to wrap it up, it looks as if we a spoiled for choice in Melbourne with Paul Kitchen and Richard Gilhome!

Could you please provide Richard Gilhome's contact details? That would be a great help!
 

worriedmum2

New Member
H
Consultation update

Update on our meeting with Paul Kitchen...

Firstly, it was a pleasure to consult with a doctor that actually took the time to educate you on the condition and procedure. That, in my experience, is rare.

We came in with a list of questions, but actually asked very few as most were answered without any prompting from us.

Dr. Kitchen discussed the possibility of 'picking the pits', but I knew that wasn't really a viable or desirable option with 5. And that was his conclusion also.

I certainly was very pleased with the consult as was my son and husband. It was the reassurance we were ALL looking for.

So our son is booked this Thursday (tommorrow) for surgery. Quick I know, but I think we were all mentally prepared to act NOW. The rest is out of our hands.

This forum/site is fantastic! I never even knew this condition existed before now. Like my husband commented.... 'not the kind of thing ppl talk about at parties.' I guess not.

So a BIG thank-you to everyone that makes this site possible! So many ppl, so much suffering. It literally breaks my heart. I wish the very best to you ALL!

And I will keep posting on my son's progress in hopes that our experience will be of help to someone else.

Cheers,
Mumto2
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i,

my daughter has already had one surgery which failed and so has been suffering for the past 4 years with painful flare ups. Seems another surgery is necessary but this time I'm doing some homework !

Although she lives in Brisbane it sounds like it could be worth going to Melbourne for the surgery. Would you be so kind as to let me know if your son's surgery was successful longer term.

Many thanks
from a very "worried mum"
 

1inamillion1

New Member
Does anybody know if Paul Kitchen is still operating?
I have scheduled a consultation with Dr. Pucius as I've heard he performs Karydakis.
I'm just wondering if there are any other surgeons in Melbourne performing this surgery or Cleft lift.
Thanks!
 

Peony84

New Member
I heard that Dr Kitchen sadly passed away early this year from a brain tumour.

I was operated on by Dr LP Cheah last week. He operates in Mitcham private, John Fawkner private in Melbourne. So far, everything is going well but I really won't know until my wound has healed properly.
 

1inamillion1

New Member
Oh no! That's terrible! I'm really sorry to hear that. He'll be remembered for all his great work!

Glad to hear that your surgery went well. Which kind of procedure did you have done?
 
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