Dr. Wendy K. Y. Ng is a plastic surgeon with specialization in the hand, upper extremities, and microsurgery. She also has broad-based training in plastic surgery procedures of the face, breasts and body, approaching each with skill and artistry. Having traveled the world and worked in international medical facilities such as a trauma center in Vienna, Dr. Ng brings a world view to her profession and a deep understanding of people from all cultures.
“I think my background in art and painting allows me look at something and see its potential; to create beauty and function where it once was compromised.”
Dr. Ng’s ultimate goal is to provide her patients with the best options for restoring form, function and beauty. She chose hand surgery as her primary specialty because, as she says, “The hand is so essential to human functioning.” Her wide surgical repertoire in the upper limb includes trauma, re-plantation, nerve compression syndromes, carpal tunnel, and trigger finger.
“Building a genuine rapport with each patient before surgery is my greatest initial priority. I take time to understand what a patient is really worried about so I can solve it.”
Dr. Ng realizes that most patients are apprehensive the first time they meet her so she gives them as much information as possible. She quickly puts them at ease by explaining the whole process, the timing, what the procedure entails and what recovery will look like.
“In Canada, where I did my initial training in plastic surgery, I learned from the best and I perfected my techniques in performing “wide-awake” plastic surgery. In using anesthetic limited to the affected area, rather than general anesthesia, there is lower risk of anesthetic complications, less discomfort to the patient, faster recovery time, and high patient satisfaction with the surgical experience. If there’s a way to do a surgical procedure safely and painlessly without going completely under, that is always my preference.”
Dr. Ng believes that for many procedures, patients can alternatively undergo sedation, or that regional blocks can be used after consultation with an anesthesiologist. “Sometimes it is necessary for a patient to go under, but often it is not. I always do what is in the very best interest and safety of each patient while strongly valuing each patient’s personal preference in all aspects of my caring for them.”
“I believe in providing thorough follow-up care. Whether a patient needs just one post-op visit or several, I make sure my patients receive all the visits and care they need to be satisfied with their results. I think of myself as their partner in healing.”
With delicate surgery comes a period of recovery. Dr. Ng meets with the patient often to check results, set up therapy as needed, and to make sure any discomfort is resolved. She believes that caring for her patients’ emotions and being there for them is just as important as the physical outcome.
Fellowship, Hand and Upper Extremity and Microsurgery, University of Arizona College of Medicine and The Center for Orthopedic Research and Education, Phoenix, AZ, USA
Plastic Surgery Residency Program, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Doctor of Medicine, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada