Frequently Asked Questions - General
What are your business hours?
Our practice hours are from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday (excepting public
holidays). Appointments for each surgeon can be made either by telephoning
our surgeons' secretaries directly.
Can x-rays be done in your practice?
There is an X-ray department at immediate vicinity of our clinic with facilities for: Xrays, CT scans, Ultrasound
and MRI. For Xrays a booking is not usually required, whilst for other procedures,
appointments can be booked by your surgeon at the time of your consultation.
What is osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis.
It is caused by the breakdown of cartilage. Cartilage is the tough elastic material that covers
and protects the ends of bones. Bits of cartilage may break off and cause pain and swelling
in the joint between bones. This pain and swelling is called inflammation. Over time the
cartilage may wear away entirely, and the bones will rub together. Osteoarthritis can affect
any joint but usually affects hips, knees, hands and spine.
Will physiotherapy be required after surgery?
Major surgery on a joint may take two or three hours in the operating room. Getting a full
range of motion, strength and flexibility back in that joint after surgery usually takes months.
That's where pre-operative exercise and education and post-operative physiotherapy programs
come in - to ensure you're physically and emotionally prepared for surgery, and to maximise
your recovery after surgery. Together, such programs are among the most important
determinants in the success of your surgery.
What should I bring with me when I come for an appointment?
When you come for your appointment Remember to get the following:
- Have your insurance information.
- Copies of operation records, medical records, x-rays, MRIs, CT scans and so on from prior doctor visits.
- If you have seen a physiotherapist, please bring a progress letter from the therapist.
- If you have had surgery elsewhere, please bring a copy of your operation report