Dr Kim Latendresse
MD, FRCSC, FRACS, FAOrthA
Dr Latendresse is best at listening to patients’ problems and see how they impact on their function. He can then provide a recommended treatment plan individualised to their expectations.
Hand surgery is the branch of medicine that deals with problems of the hand, wrist and forearm. Hand surgeons have been trained to care for these conditions with and without surgery. For most hand conditions, there are often more than one treatment available. Hand surgeons may treat many conditions with medication, exercise and other rehabilitative therapies. They perform surgery when these treatments fail.
Hand surgeons are orthopedic, plastic, or general surgeons who have additional training in surgery of the hand. They spend most of their time examining, treating and studying the hand, and as such are specialists in hand care. Dr Latendresse is an orthopaedic surgeon who has completed 2 years of extra training in hand surgery in Canada and Australia. He is also trained to provide expert diagnosis and care for elbow problems.
Dr Latendresse personally reviews all referrals in a timely fashion before your appointment is made. This improves the chances that he will have the required details to assess and treat you, and that the correct time is allocated for your condition.
Dr Latendresse will recommend non-surgical treatment options when they are likely to be beneficial. When appropriate, he will refer you to see a hand therapist for more treatment. Dr Latendresse has working relationships with most hand therapists on the Sunshine Coast and surrounding areas, ensuring you can get the right therapy as close to home as possible.
When you require surgery, he will explain its benefits and risks so you can make an informed decision.
If you have pain in your fingers, hand, wrist, or elbow, or have other upper extremity related concerns, you may want to consult Dr Latendresse.
Examples of conditions treated:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome (numbness) – open and endoscopic release (keyhole)
- Cubital tunnel syndrome (numbness in the small finger) – open and endoscopic release (keyhole)
- Arthritis in the fingers, wrist, and elbow – including joint replacement
- Wrist disorders – including wrist arthroscopy (keyhole surgery)
- Repair of cut tendons and nerves on the fingers and hand
- Curling in of the fingers (Dupuytren) – including collagenase injections (Xiaflex)
- Distal radius fractures (broken wrist)
- Locking of fingers (trigger digits)
Arm, Elbow, Hand and Wrist
Arthritis, Arthroscopic Surgery, Joint Replacement, Trauma/Fractures