Healing Hand For Zipper Heart Kids
HeartKids WA has welcomed the announcement by Medigroup Australia that it will supply Kelo-cote, a self-drying silicone gel, to children recovering from open heart surgery in WA.
Kelo-cote, which has been proven to reduce the visibility of surgical scars, will be provided to HeartKids WA to distribute to children with ‘zipper scars’.
HeartKids WA CEO Tony Munro said it’s a generous gift to young patients already dealing with significant health issues.
“The scars resulting from open heart surgery can have a considerable effect on patients’ body image as they grow up. Once they get into their teenage years, when physical image has a huge impact on self- esteem, a prominent scar can cause embarrassment and lead to social withdrawl,” said Mr Munro.
HeartKids WA Marketing Manager, Tracey Horsley, also a heart mum, put Kelo-cote to the test when her second son was recovering from his first open heart surgery.
“Xavier had his first operation at just seven days old. When he was three months old, we took part in the Kelo-cote trial at Princess Margaret Hospital,” said Mrs Horsley.
“Applying Kelo-cote daily, we noticed dramatic improvement within four weeks. His surgery wound and drainage tube scars have now virtually vanished.
“He will always have his ‘zipper’ but applying Kelo-cote has made it far less prominent.”
Kelo-cote helps reduce visibility of surgical scars by virtually acting as an extra layer of skin. The self-drying silicone gel forms a waterproof, invisible, breathable film over the scar.
Medigroup Australia CEO Chris Selwa said the organisation was proud to be making a difference in young lives.
“Kelo-cote is the gold-standard silicone gel. Evidence based research has proven it works in over 80% of cases and 100% of physicians rate the tolerability of Kelo-cote as good or very good, “ said Mr Selwa
“Open heart surgery is traumatic enough for both the child and their families. Providing Kelo-cote to HeartKids WA, is our way to assist in their road to recovery.”
Every week in Australia, six children are born with a congenital heart defect. HeartKids WA is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting these children and their families, as well as funding ongoing research to find a cure and the purchase of medical equipment.
For more information visit heartkidswa.org.au
My Beautiful Face ‐ The Next Chapter
A scar shouldn’t mean you have to hide away Katie Piper
In a frank commentary, pioneering surgeon to the courageous Katie Piper, Mr Mohammad Jawad discusses the next challenge he faces in the complex and vital ongoing management of Katie’s scars. These next crucial steps will determine the success of Mr Jawad’s technique and stand testimony to the importance of proactive scar management post surgery.
Tonight’s screening of “My Beautiful Face” tells an amazing story of one women’s strength and courage to survive and overcome a vicious acid attack and of the pioneering work of skilled Plastic and Reconstructive Consultant Surgeon, Mr Mohammad Jawad (Chelsea & Westminster and Welbeck Hospital, London).
The programmes retrospective review of the events which led to such significant surgical advances are inspiring, yet Mr Jawad admits the next stage of her treatment will be just as challenging; “in a treatment process such as Katie’s, which consisted of such a high number of surgical procedures, scarring is a great concern. In many ways I’ve done the easy bit, the harder part now is the commitment to the treating of the scarring; scar management is labour and time intensive and you need clinical grade silicone gel products, such as Kelo‐cote, to help with the healing process.”
Mr Jawad continues “my view is that as a surgeon I have taken responsibility of the surgery, but I also have to take responsibility to complete the journey, and help Katie proactively manage her scars to improve the surgical outcome, and if I don’t do this, my job is unfinished, not complete”.