Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to bring xrays to my appointment?

It is preferable that you bring along current films to your appointment.  This will save time for you and enable your surgeon to make an informed decision on your treatment.

However, we do have Jones and Partners located on the grounds of the Burnside hospital and we can arrange a xray prior to your appointment should this be required.


Why do I need a referral to see a specialist?

Actually you don’t have to produce a referral, but a Medicare rebate will not be payable.

Referrals supply your specialist with background information on your health and perhaps pathology and radiology if warranted.  This assists the surgeon to make an informed decision on your treatment, whether it is more tests, monitoring,  or perhaps even surgical intervention. Referrals are valid from the date of your initial appointment. Specialist to specialist – valid for 3 months.  Generally 12 months from your general practitioner.

Services Australia explains that a referral does not have to be addressed to a specific specialist.  If your wait is too long for the specialist on the referral, you can shop around for an earlier appointment with another specialist in that field and that is us!


What about your fees?

Our fees are guided by AMA and part of your surgical procedure is not covered by Medicare or your private health fund. Staff at Adelaide Hip and Knee Centre are well informed and will discuss fees with you at the time of booking your surgery.

Unfortunately we are unable to give quotes over the phone because we don’t know what surgery you may need. It is important you discuss any financial concerns with our staff and we will guide you through the process. We understand it can be confusing dealing with the health funds and Medicare and we are here to help should you need assistance.


What other locations are you available?

Our surgeons also consult in Jamestown, Klemzig, Mildura, Elizabeth Vale, Modbury, Ceduna, Darwin, Nuriootpa and Strathalbyn.  Of course also in our main rooms in the Burnside Hospital,  120 Kensington Road, Toorak Gardens.


How will I know if I need an operation for my arthritis?

For most degenerative conditions such as arthritis, your doctor will recommend non-surgical treatment. Options can include physiotherapy and over the counter pain medication.  Once your symptoms can no longer be managed by non-surgical options, you should discuss surgery and it’s risks and benefits with your doctor.

Typically,  if you are having difficulties undertaking everyday tasks such as putting on your socks, climbing stairs or getting up out of a low chair, or you have joint pain and stiffness that keeps you up at night, you should discuss your treatment options with your doctor.


Will I need surgery for my sports injury?

Treatment for sports injuries including ligament and tendon injuries varies widely depending on your injury, the timing of your injury and various other factors that relate to you personally, such as your level of sporting participation, your employment commitments, other medical issues and level of rehabilitation.

In general your surgeon will combine all the information from your history, examination and imaging to determine exactly what injury you have, what effects it is having on your lifestyle and whether physiotherapy rehabilitation or surgery is the right path for you. If surgery is needed, then you will work together with your surgeon to ensure that you are in peak condition before your operation and understand the post-operative rehabilitation regime.


How soon after surgery can I drive?

With any surgery, even day procedures, you will not be able to drive for at least 24 hours. You will need to check with your insurance company for their rules on when you can drive after an anaesthetic. For joint replacement surgery you will be able to drive once you have good muscle control and movement of your leg. This is usually around 6 weeks after surgery.


When can I return to work after surgery?

Following surgery to repair ligaments and tendons you will be able to return to work when you are comfortable providing your job does not involve manual labour or high activity.


Can I exercise after joint replacement surgery?

You will need to allow time for your new joint to heal before returning to sports and exercise. By three months after surgery you can generally return to low impact exercise and sport. Jogging and heavy weights could wear your new joint prematurely.  Contact sports should be avoided.