Initial Consultation

LOCATION

Our Rooms are located at 8/2 Ramsay Place, West Albury - near the Albury Wodonga Private Hospital. We have onsite parking available and ask that you arrive at least 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment time.

X-rays

Albury Orthopaedics request all patients to bring a current set of X-rays to your initial appointment. You can print out the X-Ray requests here and ask your GP to sign them. Please ensure that you get the pictures printed out and bring them with you to your appointment.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Your referral letter from your GP

  • Your Medicare Card

  • Your Private Health Insurance Details

  • Your X-ray films

  • If you are a DVA member please bring your members card

  • If you have a Workers Compensation Case, please bring your claim number, insurer and case manager contact details.

SUPPORT PERSON

Many people find it helps to bring a support person with them – your partner or a friend. You're very welcome to bring them with you.  

WHAT TO EXPECT?

Dr Khoury allocates 20 minutes for your initial consultation. However, each case is different and will depend on your condition. If you require surgery, you will then visit Glenda, our Nurse who will book a surgery date with you and answer any further questions you may have.

 

 

Preparing for Surgery

(6 weeks prior to surgery you must undertake the following recommendations)

SMOKING

Smoking is the single most important risk factor for the development of complications after any orthopaedic surgery.

The complications include:

  • Heart/lung complications

  • Wound healing problems

  • Wound or implant infection

  • Impaired bone healing

  • Risks of further surgery

  • Need for admission to intensive care.

You can decrease your risk of complication by stopping smoking at least six weeks before your surgery.

MEDICATIONS

You must tell your surgeon or the nurse all of the medications you are taking, as some will need to be stopped before you can have surgery.

Blood thinning tablets, such as aspirin or warfarin and some anti-inflammatory tablets are just a few of the tablets that need to be stopped. Please also let us know if you are taking blood pressure or diabetes tablets. It is also very important that you tell us about any medication allergies that you have.

ADMISSION TO HOSPITAL

The hospital staff will telephone you the day before your procedure to let you know what time to arrive at the hospital.

If you are having a day procedure, we ask that you wear loose, comfortable clothing and leave jewelry at home. Ladies, please do not wear any makeup. If you are staying overnight in hospital, you will need a bag with your pyjamas or nightgown, a dressing gown and slippers. Please do not bring any valuable items. If you are having a morning procedure, you will be asked to fast from midnight the night before. If your procedure is on the afternoon list, you will be able to have an early light breakfast (tea and toast at about 6am). Fasting means nothing to eat, drink or smoke.

 

 

Post Surgery Care

GOING HOME

You will not be allowed to drive home after your surgery, so please make sure that you have some-one who can drive you home and then keep you company for 24 hours after your anaesthetic. Please note that you will be advised not to make any legal decisions the first 24 hours following surgery.

PAIN

Most pain usually resolves within a few days but can take up to 6 weeks after surgery to fully resolve. You should be given a prescription for pain medication before you leave the hospital. If your pain is not managed with this prescription, you should see your regular GP for further pain management.

SWELLING

Some swelling around the surgical site is normal and will usually resolve within a couple of weeks.

DRESSINGS

Please keep your dressings dry and intact until your follow-up visit with either Glenda our nurse or the Fracture Clinic.

IF YOU DEVELOP ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:

  • Temperatures higher than 38C, chills or sweats

  • Severe pain, tenderness or increased swelling that is not relieved by rest and elevation

  • Shortness of breath or chest pain

  • Unusual amount of drainage on the dressing or foul smell at the dressing site

  • Any definite change in movement, colour, warmth or sensation

  • Nausea or vomiting

And you had surgery at the Albury Wodonga Private Hospital, contact Glenda the nurse on 02 6041 4879. After hours call the hospital on 02 6041 1411. 

OR, If you had surgery at the Albury Base Hospital, please contact the orthopaedic registrar or the fracture clinic at the hospital on: 02 6058 4444

Certificates

If you need a medical, carer’s, TAC or work-cover certificate, please contact our rooms to arrange this. It may take a couple of days for us to complete the certificate and post it to you.

Driving

As a general rule, we advise that you not drive for 6 weeks following surgery. If you have any concerns about this, please speak to your surgeon before your surgery. It is also a good idea to talk to your insurer about any restrictions they may have on your policy.

Flying

If you know that you are going to be flying soon after surgery, please speak with your surgeon regarding any restrictions or precautions that you should be taking.