Please contact your surgeon directly for an appointment.
Each surgeon’s availability varies. This is affected by multiple factors, and we try to see everyone as soon as possible. We will triage our referrals when we receive them, and can accommodate urgent referrals.
Yes. You will need a referral from your family doctor or another medical practitioner to make an appointment. Without a referral you will be unable to claim back from Medicare or your private health insurer. Please ensure the referral is current (received from your doctor or medical practitioner within the last 12 months).
Most commonly, your GP will send the referral letter directly to us. If you have any additional information to send through please use the contact form or speak to your surgeon’s personal administrative staff member. Their direct phone numbers can be found on your surgeon’s profile page.
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- Referral letter and registration form
- Any X-rays / scans / discs or test results
- List of medication with doses
- Details of any relevant previous surgeries
- List of any allergies
- Private insurance details (insurer name and membership number)
- Workers Compensation details (insurer and claim number) if applicable
X-ray & Imaging if you have it, insurance details, comfortable clothes and basic toiletries. We also recommend bringing something to read.
Please visit the Getting Here page for full information on parking and other information regarding your visit.
The hospital will call you the day prior to your appointment to confirm your admission time. You will be checked by the nurses and see the anaesthetist prior to the operation. We will then take you to the operating theatre and complete the surgery.
After surgery, you will recover from the anaesthetic in a specialised room and then go home or be taken to the surgical ward to rest and recuperate.
After surgery, we will check on you the next day. Nursing staff and physiotherapists will teach you about post op exercises, dressing, showering and self care. Our pharmacists will provide you pain killers if required.
- Take as few medications as possible
- Use ice as this it’s a natural anaesthetic and may decrease your drug use
- Exercise the joints that are not affected by the surgery
- Avoid driving until you have complete control of the vehicle – for your safety and others on the road.
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons provides excellent further information and resources for patients undergoing surgery.