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liofesaulu
18-08-2008, 11:02
Just trying to find any doctors in Brisbane that will perform a circumcision. Cant find any but one when I look online. Would like to know all my options before I choose someone.

If anyone can help that would be great!!! Thanks. :sunshine:

workin'mumof2
18-08-2008, 11:04
Try and find the user on here circangel who should be able to help you alot more.:yes:

bluey
18-08-2008, 11:04
There a fair bit of information in this thread

http://www.bubhub.com.au/community/forums/showthread.php?t=182732

We used the doctor at Mt Gravatt.

MummyStar
21-08-2008, 21:34
Just trying to find any doctors in Brisbane that will perform a circumcision. Cant find any but one when I look online. Would like to know all my options before I choose someone.

If anyone can help that would be great!!! Thanks. :sunshine:

Look up www.circumcision.com.au (http://www.circumcision.com.au), they are located at Macgregor in Brisbane, we used them in December 2007 & we were very happy with the Doctor & Nurses.

mrsstapleton
10-09-2008, 15:47
We went to Terry Russells at McGregor also - we had Dr Loth. We took him 2 weeks ago when he was 6 weeks old and we didn't have any problems at all. Would definately reccomend them (if you need more info let me know :) )

ChloesMum24
10-09-2008, 20:23
Hi we had our son done by Dr Boresey who is based at the Wesley Hospital - Private doctor.

liofesaulu
11-09-2008, 09:05
Hi we had our son done by Dr Boresey who is based at the Wesley Hospital - Private doctor.

Would you be able to tell me the costs involved and a number to possibly make some enquiries? Would be much appreciated! :)

Thankyou! :D

liofesaulu
11-09-2008, 09:09
We went to Terry Russells at McGregor also - we had Dr Loth. We took him 2 weeks ago when he was 6 weeks old and we didn't have any problems at all. Would definately reccomend them (if you need more info let me know :) )

Thankyou for that. We heard from another doctor on the coast that Terry Russells at Macgregor werent very highly recommended. But I have heard some good results. So thankyou!! :D

PrestonPie
19-09-2008, 21:09
wow, that suprises me that you've heard Dr Russell isn't highly recommended.
we used him last October and he was fantastic. My ob even highly recommended him. ????????????
either way, it may be worth having the consultation with him so you can make up your own mind???

mrsstapleton
20-09-2008, 01:45
He (Dr Russell) has been in some of the newspapers for his work too - i think the latest article i read was in The Australian.... sometime in late August, and these was an article in one of the baby magazines i read a few months back. He has a website which has some good info, if anyone would like it just PM me or im sure a google search would bring it up :)

liofesaulu
20-09-2008, 18:12
wow, that suprises me that you've heard Dr Russell isn't highly recommended.
we used him last October and he was fantastic. My ob even highly recommended him. ????????????
either way, it may be worth having the consultation with him so you can make up your own mind???

Circangel gave me 2 references. One for the coast and Terry Russell. I had only heard of Dr Terry Russell, but when I called the coast doctor, the receptionist said that they had quite a few people complain about Dr. Terry Russell etc and that they did bodge jobs.

I had only heard good things before I spoke to her. I was worried that maybe she had been right and that they did do bodge jobs, but from on here I see that plenty of people are happy with their service. :thumbsup:

I am considering more the clinic in MacGregor as the Gold Coast doctor only really does people with private health insurance, and then only does 1-3 a month of those that dont have insurance. And that is you are put on a waiting list and probably cant be seen for a few months. So that was a major turn off anyway! :o

But thankyou for your advice. I will surely stick to my first choice then!! :)

mrsstapleton
20-09-2008, 18:45
Wow they must charge a bundle on the coast then if they only really want to do people with insurance - for the 1st consultation and the procedure at Dr Russell's it cost $500 and as we had reached our safety net for the year we got almost $420 back from Medicare....

PrestonPie
23-09-2008, 09:09
personally i'd be weary of any 'competition' so to speak bad mouthing the 'opposition'.
that's really poor form.
i find it hard to believe that so many obs in Brisbane and North of BNE would recommend a Dr renowned for bodge jobs, they just wouldn't even recommend him if that was the case.
i am more inclined to do as you have done and listen to those that have experienced the services of someone personally.:yes:
that receptionist might want to pipe down a little, she's probably had a couple of people out of thousands complain so to generalize and put another practitoner down in that way is very poor.:no:

of course there are going to be risks in anything we do but my husband and i felt really comforted by the fact that circumsission is all Dr Russell does. he doesn't do it occasionally, it is his entire practice.
good luck :)

circangel
25-11-2008, 18:14
Have you found what you needed to know?

serendipity22
13-02-2009, 11:34
Dr Russell has performed hundreds of needless opportunistic tongue-tie surgeries while doing circumcisions. He was fined and reprimanded for doing so.

mrsstapleton
13-02-2009, 13:14
Hi serendipity22,

Just wondering where you got that information from?

Phyllis Stein
13-02-2009, 13:49
From here (http://www.historyofcircumcision.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=category&sectionid=14&id=78&Itemid=71).



Dr Terry Russell, the ageing Queensland GP who has made a career and a fortune out of amputating the foreskins from baby boys, also seems keen to cut boys' tongues. In 2004 he was fined and censured by the Commonwealth Professional Services Review of Medicare services for falsely diagnosing "tongue tie" when the boys were brought to be circumcised, and cutting their tongue as well as their penis.

The frenulum that tethers the tongue to the floor of the mouth is very similar to the frenulum that tethers the foreskin to the rest of the penis. Perhaps Dr Russell feels that any body part resembling the foreskin should be removed "just to be on the safe side". There was a time, back in the nineteenth century, when many doctors believed that surgery to correct so called "tongue tie" should be as routine as cutting off the foreskin.

The Review reported that Dr Russell had been reprimanded, counselled and ordered to repay the $4,488.88 he had claimed from Medicare.

The Committee noted that there was no clinical indication for cutting the tongue and thus that there was no basis for performing the procedure, nor for claiming the cost of the service under Medicare. Had the Committee looked into the cases of the boys brought in to be circumcised, it would have found that there was no clinical indication for circumcision either, and thus that there was no basis for that procedure to be charged to Medicare. Apparently, the government believes that it is OK to alter the appearance and function of the (highly visible) penis without the consent of the owner, but not to interfere with anybody's (usually concealed) tongue.

The Medicare guidelines state clearly that Medicare does not cover “medical services which are not clinically necessary” or “surgery solely for cosmetic reasons”. Why, then, does it continue to waste taxpayers' money on clinically unnecessary circumcision procedures?


More info from here.

http://www.psr.gov.au/docs/publications/PSRAR04

And from the BH archive (http://www.bubhub.com.au/community/forums/archive/index.php/t-45365.html).



Medicare Code 30278 (Repair of tongue tie)
Claims for persons aged 0-4
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Incidence
per 1.000 boys
Number aged 0-4 years Qld/Aus Ratio M/F Ratio
of -------------- ------------- ---------
Year Claims Qld Aus M F Qld Aus
---- ------ --- --- --- --- --- ---
1994 316 1.9 1.8 1.0 0.6 5.0 3.0
1995 417 2.3 2.2 1.0 1.0 2.4 2.3
1996 435 2.3 2.5 0.9 0.8 3.4 2.9
1997 442 3.0 2.5 1.2 1.0 3.4 2.8
1998 557 4.6 3.1 1.5 0.9 4.2 2.5
1999 644 8.2* 3.8 2.1* 1.3 5.6* 3.4
2000 749 8.9 4.2 2.1 1.1 5.0 2.7
2001 913 7.8 4.9 1.6 1.1 3.3 2.3
2002 765 8.0 4.4 1.8 1.1 4.7 2.9
2003 842 9.4# 4.8 1.9 1.8 3.2 2.9
2004 829 6.3 4.5 1.4 1.4 2.4 2.3
2005 1031 6.4 5.5 1.2 1.2 2.2 2.3

1994-1999 2811 3.7 2.7 1.4 1.0 4.1 2.8
2000-2005 5129 7.8 4.7 1.7 1.3 3.3 2.5

* Figures for Qld in 1999 -- the year for which Russell was
reprimanded. In each case there was a sharp increase from
the corresponding figure in the previous year.

# Almost 1% of boys in Qld received treatment to repair tongue tie
in 2003

The number of claims for persons aged 0-4 more than trebled between
1994 and 2005 - an astonishing increase.

Treatment of boys is between 2 and 3 times as common as treatment
of girls but in 1999 in Queensland, treatment of boys was 5.6 times
as common as treatment of girls.

The incidence in Queensland is higher than in the rest of Australia
and in 1999 in Queensland the incidence of treatment of boys was
over twice the national average.

In 1994, 6 of every 10,000 girls in Australia was treated for tongue
tie, whereas in 2003, 94 of every 10,000 boys in Queensland was
treated for tongue tie.

There were 197 claims for tongue tie repair for boys aged 0-4 in
1999 in Queensland.

Russell was ordered to repay $4488.88 in respect of 90% of his tongue
tie repairs. Thus, if the percentage had been 100%, the required
repayment may have been $4987.60. It's hard to know how much the
average Medicare payment was in respect of Russell's tongue tie
treatments in 1999, but the current 85% benefit for 30278 is only
$34.25. So it's not out of the question that Russell was responsible
for more than 50% of all the claims for tongue tie repair for boys
aged 0-4 in Queensland in that year, which may be what brought his
activities to the attention of the Health Insurance Commission.

The outcome of all that is Russell appears to have performed about 100 unnecessary tongue cutting ops and looking at the figures for the next 3 years probably did about 400 in those 4 years.