We regularly have regional and interstate patients as well as overseas patients travel to our practice in Melbourne for orthopaedic consultation and/or surgery. Melbourne offers world-class medical facilities and is a lovely city to enjoy prior to or while recovering from surgery.
Patients can usually travel to Melbourne on the same day as their consultation or planned surgical admission.
Some patients may prefer to travel to Melbourne earlier in the week to enjoy a break in the city. If travelling to Melbourne for a surgical opinion it is handy to have required X-rays and other scans performed in advance, or at least pre-organised for the day of your appointment. Please organise for your GP to send your referral and any existing scans to us in advance of your appointment so that Mr Freedman can advise on any further imaging requirements. If you or your GP are unsure as to what scans may be required, please just send your referral to us. After review of the referral Mr Freedman will be able to to pre-organise the necessary initial investigations for you.
A chauffeured car can be organised to meet you at the airport and bring you to our clinic, the hospital or to your hotel.
Alternatively, our clinics and operating sites are all located within easy reach by Melbourne public transport. Melbourne does not currently have a train to the airport but the Skybus service can take you from the airport to Southern Cross railway station, from which you can reach all of our consulting and operating sites. If planning to use public transport our office can assist you with planning your journey.
Hip Arthroscopy patients are admitted to hospital for an overnight stay.
Anterior Hip Replacement patients usually have a 2 night stay. Conventional approach hip replacement and knee replacement patients may require a 3-4 night stay. When booking your return flight it is advisable to allow for a short period of additional rest and recreation in Melbourne or to book a flexible return ticket to allow for any variations in your post operative course.
Our office will be able to assist you with accommodation arrangements for family or other carers. All the hospitals where Mr Freedman operates are generally located in close proximity to numerous reasonably priced hotels. Depending on your surgery and anticipated length of stay, our office will be able to provide you with accommodation suggestions.
Travel after surgery:
For most procedures you can plan to travel home shortly after surgery. Depending on the type of surgery, length of your journey and mode of travel, Mr Freedman may recommend that you take medications to prevent blood clots when travelling. If you are having joint replacement surgery it is advised to organise extra leg room on the flight home so that you can travel in comfort and also have space to regularly move your operative leg.
Post operative management:
Your surgical incision will be closed with dissolvable sutures so that there will be no sutures to be removed.
You should, however, have an appointment with your local doctor 7-10 days post op to have the wound checked. We will maintain close communication with your local doctor and will provide instructions regarding after care following surgery.
Certain procedures, such as hip and knee replacement, will require you to have follow up x-rays. Mr Freedman will be able to access most radiology results online and then be able to communicate with your local doctor. In some circumstances the CD with your scans or hard copies of the xray may need to be posted to our office.
Medical insurance in Australia is generally reciprocal across States and territories.
For international patients, insurance coverage is variable depending on your location. Patients not covered through insurance have the option of self-funding their care. Our office will provide you with accurate quotes for surgery.
Surgical care in Australia is usually considerably more affordable than in the United States are many other locations.
We appreciate that travelling out of your local area is a daunting prospect for many patients but we are proud to offer services not available in many regional, interstate and overseas locations. We are accustomed to assisting travelling patients and will endeavour to make your experience pleasant and as stress free as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) by Regional, Interstate and International Patients:
- Q: I am from interstate. Will my treatment be covered by my local private health insurance policy?
A: YES. Australian doctors’ registration is under the auspices of the national Australian Health Practitioner Association (AHPRA) body and patients’ insurance is valid nationally. Your health insurance (or worker’s compensation or other third party insurance) will cover treatment in Melbourne. We will also confirm this with your insurance prior to your operation.
- Q: I am from overseas. Will be surgery by covered by my health insurance?
A: This is highly variable and depends which country you are from and the nature of your policy. We would need to liase with your insurer. If you are not covered, you would still have the option to “self-fund” your treatment and will usually be pleasantly surprised to find that medical care in Australia is usually very reasonable compared to many other places such as the United States.