'The imminent Covid-19 (Coronavirus) 'lockdown' in New Zealand has huge implications. Many of these are being extensively discussed in the news media and via the internet. Perhaps the most obvious is the pressure on supermarkets, where hand-sanitiser and various staple foods in particular are being stripped from the shelves. An area of importance, that we have not seen mentioned so far, relates to patients with orthopaedic or spinal problems. Hip pain, knee pain, & back pain will continue for sufferers, irrespective of the Covid-19 crisis. With 'lockdown' commencing at midnight on Wednesday in New Zealand the challenge is how to provide a facility that allows us to engage with those who are seeking diagnosis and advice on their condition. Fortunately the digital age provides us with a variety of tools that reduce the challenges of distance and isolation.
Dr Kieser will be very pleased to hear from patients who would like to pursue a telephone / virtual consultation. If you are experiencing orthopaedic or spinal difficulties it is not necessary to wait until the 'lockdown' has been lifted. Simply complete the online enquiry form below (Please include your full name, date of birth, phone number being used during the lockdown, normal residential address, ACC or insurance claim number (or payment method)).
At Dr Kieser's practice our commitment goes beyond the diagnosis and treatment of orthopaedic conditions. We also want to disseminate worthwhile information to both patients and their General Practitioners. This is particularly the case with emerging technological solutions and enhancements. For example, imaging technology is advancing. It is now possible to x-ray patients on a functional basis prior to hip replacement. Thus we can give greater consideration to how the patient moves as an individual. This provides the operating surgeon with enhanced data prior to the patient coming in to the hospital and it also allows for the 3d Printing of patient specific alignment instruments. In surgery for the spine, hip, & knee so many exciting things are happening that it behoves us to try and answer some of the inevitable questions that patients and referrers will have. In 2019 "frequently asked questions" will be addressed at this site and we will begin the use of animations to enhance understanding of various orthopaedic issues and procedures. In the meantime, as always, you are most welcome to contact us.
We hope our patients and referrers have a great Christmas break. Over the holiday period we will be contactable so let us know if we can be of any assistance. At the rooms we always welcome your enquiries. Lex Berg is our Practice Manager. Lex is committed to a helpful and understanding approach. In 2019 we greatly look forward to helping more patients with their mobility
Dr Kieser receives various questions through the website and he will be periodically providing answers and commentary via this blog. Do make sure to bookmark this page and to visit again soon.
At the consulting rooms in Caledonian Road we strive to provide a great environment for our visitors. We appreciate patients can be anxious so we have worked hard to create a relaxed and friendly space with nice artwork, David's beloved fish, and complimentary coffee. David's practice Manager Lex Berg with her American roots could not contain herself as Halloween approached. Up went a veritable cornucopia of items including the inflatable vampire bat.
Welcome to the first entry on our blog where we focus on new solutions to spine, hip, knee and other orthopaedic problems. We will also be showcasing current research by our various students and collaborators and keeping patients and referrers abreast of our practice and the services offered.
Globally our understanding of medical and surgical sciences continues to evolve. Advances in imaging technology are providing ever greater insights into individual patient anatomy and motion. Indeed, every patient moves differently. Fortunately orthopaedic surgeons now have at their disposal more information than ever before and innovations such as robotics and 3D Printing enable use of that data to best clinical effect. Dr Kieser's practice is committed to both personal service and the deployment of cutting edge technology. Our mission is to help each patient return to their daily activities and enjoyment of life.