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If available, please bring all recent X-rays, CT or MRI scans with you. Its ok if you don’t have these, you can also tell the friendly clinic support staff the practice that these scans were taken and we can access the scans for you.

If your GP provided you with a referral, please bring this along to your initial consultation.

Bring your Medicare card, health Insurance, DVA cards or Workers Compensation paperwork as applicable.

Part of your surgical fee will be covered by your Private Health Insurance and Medicare. However, a detailed itemised quote will be provided to you at the time of your surgery booking.

No referral? No worries! We can book you in with one of our experienced Nurse practitioners who will provide a full assessment of your condition and if required can refer you onto an orthopaedic surgeon or other allied health professionals. If you have a GP referral we can book you directly in wit one of our Orthopaedic Specialists.

You will be phoned by the clinics support team the day prior to your admission. You will be provided with your admission times and fasting instructions.

A guide to go by is to please not eat or drink anything for 6 hours prior to your surgery. Small sips of clear fluids can be consumed up to 4 hours prior to your surgery.

Please follow all medication advise from the Medical Practitioner appointment

The duration of your stay will depend on the surgical procedure performed and will depend on your recovery, pre-operative health, and function.

It depends on the surgical procedure performed and how well you are recovering. This varies from person to person and at your post operative review you be advised of when you will be ready to drive again.

Great question. Generally all patients having an elective hip replacement for osteoarthritis will have a total hip replacement. There are lots of different ways to do a hip replacement and it really depends on which aspect of the surgery you are talking about. In regard to the approach to the hip, there are many techniques. I personally use an anterior approach to the hip which is an operation I am quite passionate about and have extensive experience with. In regard to the ‘concrete type of filling’, I believe you are referring to the use of cement to help fix the implants to the bone. Generally for the femoral component (the part that is inserted in to the thigh bone), I will use a cemented implant for patients who have a diagnosis of osteoporosis, or who, based on their demographics, have a high likelihood of having thin bones eg. Caucasian women over the age of 70. For younger patients with better quality bone, I will generally use un-cemented implants. These implants have a rough surface which the bone grows directly on to. I hope this information is helpful.

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