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Patient Information

It is important to be prepared for any clinic visit or procedure. The following lists may save you time, prevent any repetition of investigations and ensure everything proceeds as safely as possible.

Initial consultation

What to bring to the clinic

  • Referral letter from your GP and Medicare details.
  • Any health fund, TAC or Workcover details if appropriate.
  • Any previous scans or test results.
  • Please note initial consultations can last up to 30 minutes.

The next step

What happens if I need surgery?

Depending on your medical history a preoperative or anaesthetic assessment may be needed to ensure that it is safe to go ahead with the surgery. This may involve blood tests, an ECG (heart tracing) and more specialist tests.

You should not eat or drink anything for at least 6 hours prior to the surgery if having a general anaesthetic. It is important to take your regular medications with small sips of water unless asked otherwise by the anaesthetist.

Some medications may need to be stopped or altered before an operation. You will be advised about this but if in doubt please ask.

If you are having surgery on your arm it is important to remove any rings from the arm that is to be operated on. This is for infection control purposes and to avoid any potential tightness in the event of postoperative swelling.

What if I have an allergy?

Information relating to any allergy will normally have been made available by your GP but it is always better, and safest, to make as many people aware as possible.

What if I have special dietary requirements?

The majority of hospitals are able to cater for individual dietary requirements. Advance notification may be needed so please contact the admissions team at the hospital where you are having your surgery.

 

What shall I bring with me to hospital on the day of surgery?

  • Any current medication you are taking
  • Copies of X-rays, scans etc
  • Comfort items such as dressing gown, slippers and toiletries
  • Entertainment such as books or magazines

Recovery

What happens after surgery?

If you are put into a sling after surgery you will be advised as to how long you need to use it for. To avoid elbow stiffness It is important to take your arm out of the sling several times a day. The sling will usually need to be worn both day and at night.

 

Follow-up appointment

You will usually be seen in the clinic at 2 and 6 weeks after surgery, with further follow up dependent on your operation and progress. Any questions you may have are answered, wounds reviewed and rehabilitation outlined and arranged.

 

Physiotherapy

The type of surgery performed will dictate when outpatient physiotherapy starts.  Rehabilitation is a vital part of the recovery process to ensure good movement, help with pain management and rehabilitate the muscles back to normal function.

 

Driving

Driving is usually restricted until you are out of a sling, off crutches etc and feel confident to do an emergency stop and be in control of a car.

 

Return to work

The amount of time it takes to return to work is dependent upon the type of work and the type of surgery performed. Most activities can be resumed after 6 weeks and light work started as early as 2 weeks. It may, however, take several months to return to heavy work that involves significant lifting or repetitive activity.

The most important thing after surgery is that if you have any concerns there is always someone around to ask. Please call us if you have any concerns during working hours or if necessary the hospital ward (open 24 hours a day).

 

Pain relief

After leaving the hospital, it is important that you take regular pain killers at the prescribed times from the moment of discharge. It is best to keep pain under control rather than waiting for the pain to worsen before taking pain killers.

Communication
- the key to a happy, healthy patient
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If you need any further information, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We're here to get you more mobile, with less pain.

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Our primary goal is to provide exceptional orthopaedic healthcare in a friendly and welcoming environment. Please get in touch for assistance.

Phone 1300 125 218

Fax 03 8414 4031

PO Box 784, Kew VIC 3101

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