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PATIENT INFORMATION

The information provided in this page is to assist patients in understanding the processes that will be occurring before, during and after their surgical procedure.

APPOINTMENTS

To make an appointment with Reef Orthopaedic Clinic, please send us your referral. 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 Injury Clinic, as you will be assessed by one of our GP’s first, then your Orthopaedic surgeon.

If you have had surgery elsewhere please bring a copy of your operation report to your consultation. If you have a work related problem please bring all the relevant documentation and claim information.

You will be thoroughly assessed by your surgeon and different treatment strategies will be discussed. Many orthopaedic problems can be managed with medication, physiotherapy and other aids such as splints or orthotics. Sometimes surgery is planned and then it is important to ensure that you are mentally and physically prepared for it. This is so you can maximise your chances of obtaining the outcome that you want from your operation.

If you wish to be treated at the Cairns Hospital as a public patient you must seek a referral to the Cairns Hospital from your treating practitioner.

CONSULTATION & FEES

Fees

Our reception staff are able to provide costs for initial and follow up consultations at the time of making your appointment. Please be aware that there will a fee for every consultation.

All consultation fees are payable on the day of your appointment. We can accept payment by EFTPOS, Visa or MasterCard. For security reasons we prefer not to accept cash. Please note that we are unable to accept AMEX payments.

If you are registered with Medicare you can obtain a rebate on consultation fees through our office.

Further information on understanding health care and its costs can be found here: https://ama.com.au/sites/default/files/documents/Informedfinancial-consent-Jan20-ONLINE_0.pdf

Third Party Claims

Please provide details of your approved claim prior to your appointment or upon attendance. If you are unable to provide these details you will be required to cover the cost of the consultation.

SPORTS & ACUTE INJURY CLINIC

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. The clinic is suitable to: • Patients injured in sporting or recreational activities the previous week • Patients who need relatively urgent treatment, including surgery • Private/third party patients and those wishing to seek private treatment only Public patients seeking acute injury care are best referred to the fracture clinic at the Cairns Hospital where they will be managed.

SURGERY

Until you have had a consultation and the surgical treatment is established by the surgeon we are unable to provide you with an estimate of costs for any surgical procedure.

After you have been examined by your surgeon, and a surgical option is determined, we are are then able to provide you with a fully itemised estimate. This will outline your surgeon’s fees, based on the proposed surgery, the rebates from Medicare and your private health fund, and the out of pocket expenses you will incur for surgery. Our surgeons do not participate in “no gap” arrangements.

SHOULDER

The shoulder is a very mobile, shallow ball and socket joint that allows
you great range of movement and power in the arm. Because the socket
is shallow, the shoulder is vulnerable to dislocation. This can either be
due to a congenital reason such as ligamentous laxity (double jointed) or
an injury (eg sporting).

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HIP

The hip joint is a very stable ball and socket joint that is commonly
affected by arthritis or trauma. The good news is that Hip Replacement
surgery is generally extremely effective at alleviating the pain of severe
arthritis, dramatically improving function and quality of life. Dr McKewin
specialises in modern techniques of primary and revision hip
replacement surgery and will discuss this further with you at your
consultation. After surgery it important to do the correct exercises and
look after your new hip. Please find below some information on what to
do after hip replacement surgery and how to get the most out of your
new hip joint.

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KNEE

The knee joint is a hinge type joint that is supported by several
ligaments both within and outside the joint. The knee is often injured
in sporting accidents or may develop arthritis later in life. We are
experienced in treating the full range of knee conditions from
meniscal (cartilage) and ligament injuries through to severe arthritis
affecting part or the entire knee joint. On the links below you will find
useful information regarding ACL injury prevention, arthroscopic
(keyhole) knee reconstructive surgery and Knee Replacement
surgery.

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FOOT & ANKLE

The foot and ankle is a complex area of the body comprising one
quarter of the bones in your body and over 30 joints. It is not
surprising that many people suffer from foot pain and problems.
Historically many foot and ankle complaints have been poorly
understood and treated. Modern treatment techniques involving
podiatry, orthotics and surgery have significantly improved the
outcome of many foot and ankle conditions. Dr Bryceson
specialises in the treatment of all foot and ankle problems including
acute injuries, bunions and chronic arthritic conditions. Please
browse the information provided below.

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