Our Facial Prosthetics service designs, makes, fits and maintains camouflage facial prosthetics for patients with disfiguring facial deformities as a result of surgery arising from cancers, congenital deformities, accidents and trauma.
Facial Prosthetics is involved in creating eyes, ears, and noses, fingers, toes, breasts, and other prostheses.
Facial prosthetics provides a major psychological boost to a patient who may be reluctant to appear in public or introverted and self conscious as a result of their appearance.
A good prosthesis gives these people the confidence to face the world and go about every day life without feeling that they are being stared at or being made to feel that they are abnormal or less of a human being.
Much of the early work was designed for soldiers returning from World War II with horrific facial injuries. This role was expanded to include not only eyes, ears, and noses but also fingers, toes, breast and other prostheses.
Most patients who require prostheses do so as a result of surgery arising from cancers, congenital deformities and accidents and trauma.
The Facial Prosthetics service received recognition for outstanding work at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Department Head, Brenton Cadd was interviewed by Channel Ten's 'The Project' which aired nationally February 2012.
Watch the video to find out what we did!
Who can use our services
This service is for public and private patients referred by doctors and other health professionals, from within the Melbourne Health network catchment as well as other Victorian health care services and also from interstate and private medical practitioners.
How to access this service
Your GP can call us to refer you to this service.
What to bring
Every time you come to hospital
Every time you come to hospital for a test, day procedure, surgery or treatment, you should bring:
- Medicare card
- Health Care card (if you have one)
- Concession card (if you have one)
- Adverse drug alert card (if you have one)
- Medications you are currently taking, including any that you have bought without a prescription
- X-ray films, scans, ultrasounds or any other test results you have which are related to your procedure
- Private health insurance card (if you want to use it)
- Aids (glasses, hearing aid, walking frame)
In a medical emergency, call 000. If you are feeling unwell, see your local GP or go to your local hospital Emergency department for help.