DO YOU HAVE A REFERRAL?

You will need a referral from a specialist clinic or GP in order to make an appoint with our surgeons. Please have your details on hand when making an appointment with us.

APPOINTMENTS ESSENTIAL

To make an appointment with Reef Orthopaedic Clinic, please send us your referral. We are happy to accept referrals by fax or email.

OUR SURGEONS

Surgery is performed at the Cairns Day Surgery and Cairns Private Hospital. Our surgeons also work at the Cairns Hospital and are actively involved in the training of new surgeons on the australian orthopaedic surgery training program.

SERVICES

Arthroscopy (also called arthroscopic or keyhole surgery) is a minimally invasive surgical procedure on a joint in which an examination and sometimes treatment of damage is performed using an arthroscope, an endoscope that is inserted into the joint through a small incision.

ARTHROSCOPIC KEYHOLE SURGERY

Arthroplasty - Joint replacement, a surgical procedure to remove and replace an arthritic or damaged joint with an artificial joint (called a prosthesis), may be considered only after other treatment options have failed to provide adequate relief from pain and/or disability.

ARTHROPLASTY JOINT REPLACEMENT SURGERY

Post-surgical program of re-establishing joint motion, muscle strength around the joint and finally joint function. It is very important to understand that rehabilitation is a long process. While the surgery is performed within hours, the rehabilitation needs many months, potentially up to a year.

POST OPERATIVE REHABILITATION

The clinic operates on a weekly basis for any acute or sporting injuries that require rapid assessment and management. No referral needed as initially you will be assessed by one of our GP’s.

SPORTS AND ACUTE INJURY CLINIC

Physiotherapists offer treatment of injury, disease and disorders through physical methods such as exercise, massage, manipulation and other treatments. Fred’s purpose it to improve his patient’s quality of life by using a variety of treatments to alleviate pain and restore function or, in the case of permanent injury or disease, to lessen the effects of any disfunction.

PHYSIOTHERAPY

SPECIALISED, FRIENDLY, EFFICIENT

your only stop for first class Orthopaedic services

our team

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DR WILL BRYCESON

MBBS FRACS (Orth) Orthopaedic Surgeon Knee, Foot, Ankle, Shoulder
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DR SAM MCKEWIN

B.Sc(Med) MBBS FRACS (Orth) Orthopaedic Surgeon Hip, Knee Shoulder
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DR ARVIND PURI

MBBS FRCS(Ireland) FRACS (Orth) Orthopaedic Surgeon Foot, Ankle, Trauma
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ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
MICHAEL REID

MBChB MRCS MD MSc Dip (SEM) PG Cert (MedEd) FRCS (Tr and Orth) FRACS (Orth) FAOrthA Orthopaedic Surgeon Knee and Hip
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DR JEREMY LOVERIDGE

MBBS, FRCS (TR&Orth) FRACS (Orth) Orthopaedic Surgeon Hand, Wrist and Elbow
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FRED LOTSY

Physiotherapist Muscular skeletal, neurological rehabilitation

REGULARLY ASKED QUESTIONS

DO I NEED TO CONTACT THE CLINIC TO BOOK MY APPOINTMENT?

No our staff will endeavour to contact you within two weeks on receiptof your referral to offer the next available appointment.

DO I NEED A REFERRAL  TO SEETHEORTHOPAEDIC SURGEON?

Yes, Once you have obtained a referral from your General Practitioner or treating doctor the referral will be reviewed by our specialists and sometimes further imaging such as CT or MRI scans will be arranged for you. We will then contact you to arrange an appointment.. If your referral is from your GP or another specialist you are able to claim a rebate through Medicare.
Referrals are not required for our Acute Sports and Injury Clinic, as you will be assessed by one of our GP’s first, then your Orthopaedic surgeon.

DO I NEED TO MAKE A POST OPERATIVE
APPOINTMENT?

Your surgeon would like to see you 10 to 15 days after the surgery, this appointment will be arranged when your theatre date is booked. If however this is overlooked you can call the Reef Orthopaedic Clinic on
07 4041 8000 during normal working hours.

DO I NEED PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE

Private Health Insurance allows you to choose your practitioner and timeframe for elective surgery..

WHEN CAN I DRIVE AFTER DISCHARGE?

For motor vehicle insurance purposes you are safe to drive when you can walk comfortably. You are not cleared to drive until 6 weeks after a Total Knee Replacement. For Upper Limb surgery different restrictions may apply and this should be discussed with you surgeon.

HOW DO WE DETERMINE OUR FEES & CHARGES

The standard fee charged by our Practice is based on the Australian Medical Association recommended fee which means that part of your consultation and your surgical fee will not be covered by Medicare and/ or your private health insurance fund.