Frequently asked questions:

What are our business hours?

Our practice hours are from 8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday. Appointments can be made by telephoning our practice on (09) 926 5186.

Why is arthroscopy necessary?

Diagnosing injuries and disease begins with a thorough medical history, physical examination, and usually X-rays. Additional tests such as an MRI, or CT scan also may be needed. Through the arthroscope, a final diagnosis is made which may be more accurate than through “open” surgery or from X-ray studies and treatment can be performed at that time.

Can I drive home after day stay surgery?

No. Have someone available to take you home, you will not be able to drive for at least 24 hours.

What are the joints that can be viewed with an Arthroscope?

Although the inside of nearly all joints can be viewed with an arthroscope, six joints are most frequently examined with this instrument. These include the knee, shoulder, elbow, ankle, hip, and wrist. As engineers make advances in electronic technology and orthopaedic surgeons develop new techniques, other joints may be treated more frequently in the future.

Will physical therapy be required after surgery?

Getting a full range of motion, strength and flexibility back after surgery usually takes time. That’s where pre-operative exercise and education and post-operative physical therapy programs come in – to ensure you’re physically and emotionally prepared for surgery and to maximize your recovery after surgery.

What should I bring with me when I come for an appointment?

When you come for your appointment Remember to bring the following:

1) Referral letter from your GP, family physician or other doctor
2) Your insurance information
3) Copies of operation records, medical records, x-rays, MRIs, CT scans and so on from prior doctor visits
4) If you have seen a physiotherapist, please bring a progress letter from the therapist

ACC has declined my application for Surgery - what should I do?

In this situation ACC always provide funding for another visit to your Surgeon to discuss the decline.

Your options are:

1) You may appeal ACC’s decision using the process outlined in your decline letter from ACC

2) If you have medical insurance, we can prepare an estimate of costs for you to consider.

3) You may pay for the surgery privately. We can prepare an estimate of costs for you to consider.

4) Mr Walker may be able to refer you on to the public hospital system for your surgery.

Do I need any medical tests before a surgical procedure?

Before surgery it is important to to make sure you don’t have any conditions that could interfere with the surgery or its outcome. Routine tests, such as blood tests and X-rays, may be necessary about a week before any major surgery.

Do I need to stop any medications for surgery?

Discuss any medications you are taking with your doctor and your family physician to see which ones you should stop taking before surgery. If you are taking anti-inflammatory medications or warfarin or any drugs that increase the risk of bleeding you may need to stop taking them one week before surgery to minimise bleeding.

Will I need a blood transfusion for Joint replacement?

This is generally not required. Discuss with your doctor options for preparing for potential blood replacement, including donating your own blood, medical interventions and other treatments, prior to surgery.

Can I eat normally after day stay surgery?

The combination of anaesthesia, food, and car motion can quite often cause nausea or vomiting. After arriving home, wait until you are hungry before trying to eat. Begin with a light meal and try to avoid greasy food for the first 24 hours.

Do I need regular pain relief once discharged?

Take your pain medicine as directed by your Anaesthetist. Begin the pain medicine as you start getting uncomfortable, but before you are in severe pain. If you wait to take your pain medication until the pain is severe, you will have more difficulty controlling the pain.