Frequently Asked Questions
What are your business hours?
Our practice hours are from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday (excepting public
holidays). Appointments can be made by calling (03) 9038 1622 or (03) 9038 1600.
Can x-rays be done in your practice?
The clinic houses a radiology department with facilities for
x-rays (a booking is not usually required), whilst for other imaging (eg, CT,
isotope or MRI scans) appointments can be booked by our office with nearby
larger radiology clinics at the time of your consultation.
What is osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis.
It is caused by the breakdown of cartilage. Cartilage is the tough elastic material that covers
and protects the ends of bones. Bits of cartilage may break off and cause pain and swelling
in the joint between bones. This pain and swelling is called inflammation. Over time the
cartilage may wear away entirely, and the bones will rub together. Osteoarthritis can affect
any joint but usually affects hips, knees, hands and spine.
Will physiotherapy be required after surgery?
Major surgery on a joint may take two or three hours in the operating room. Getting a full
range of motion, strength and flexibility back in that joint after surgery usually takes months.
That's where pre-operative exercise and education and post-operative physiotherapy programs
come in - to ensure you're physically and emotionally prepared for surgery, and to maximise
your recovery after surgery. Together, such programs are among the most important
determinants in the success of your surgery.
What should I bring with me when I come for an appointment?
When you come for your appointment Remember to get the following:
- Have your insurance information.
- Copies of operation records, medical records, x-rays, MRIs, CT scans and so on from prior doctor visits.
- If you have seen a physiotherapist, please bring a progress letter from the therapist.
- If you have had surgery elsewhere, please bring a copy of your operation report