What do I need to bring to my appointment?

You will need to bring a referral letter from your local doctor or medical specialist.  It is also important to bring all your imaging including xrays, MRI and CT scans.  For new referrals it is recommended that you arrive fifteen minutes early to complete your patient registration form.

What cost will my consultation incur?

The cost of your first consultation is $200 although this in covered in part by your private insurance company.  Your first follow up appointment after surgery is complimentary and each subsequent review will incur a cost of $100.

Do I need to pay for the consultation at the time of my appointment?

The consultation cost is settled at the end of your appointment.  Credit card and EFTPOS facilities are available for your convenience at the rooms.

Does Mr Barnes charge a gap for surgical procedures?

The cost of running a quality private practice is becoming increasingly expensive and unfortunately private insurance rebates have not increased at the same rate.  Mr Barnes charges a relatively small gap for most surgical procedures, however this may vary depending on the complexity of your operation and level of insurance cover.

How long will it take to get my surgery?

If required, you will generally be offered a date for surgery within 2-3 weeks of your first consultation.  Emergency procedures for fracture will usually occur within forty-eight hours.

How long will my procedure take?

Most operations performed by Mr Barnes will take approximately one hour.  These include hip replacement, knee replacement, ACL reconstruction and hip arthroscopy.  Knee arthroscopy surgery takes approximately thirty minutes, whilst more complicated surgery such as revision procedures may take three hours or more.  Expect the fixation of most upper and lower limb fractures to take between one and two hours.

How long will I be in hospital after my surgery?

Hospital stays will vary from patient to patient.  In general you should expect to stay in hospital for 2-4 days following a hip or knee replacement.  Patients who’ve had an ACL reconstruction will be discharged home the next day after their xray.  Knee arthroscopy is a day procedure and patients will go home the same day as surgery.

Will Mr Barnes see me if I have no private insurance?

Mr Barnes will be happy to see you without private health insurance.  He has a public hospital appointment at The Austin Hospital and will discuss your options for treatment during the consultation.

Does Mr Barnes see patients who are injured at work (Workcover)?

Yes, Mr Barnes is happy to treat patients who are under Workcover.  It is recommended that you bring your Workcover claim number to the first appointment.

Does Mr Barnes see patients who are injured after a traffic accident (TAC)?

Yes, Mr Barnes is happy to treat patients who have been injured after a traffic accident.  It is recommended that you bring your TAC claim number to the first appointment.

How do I arrange a follow-up appointment?

Your follow up appointment will be scheduled at the time of your consultation or surgery.  If you have any questions please contact the rooms.

Where does Mr Barnes operate privately?

Mr Barnes operates privately at the Epworth Hospital in Richmond.  He also operates once a week in public at the Austin Hospital in Heidelberg.

What fractures does Mr Barnes treat?

Mr Barnes treats most orthopaedic fractures that have been sustained after an injury.  He is also happy to see you if your previous fracture remains painful or has not yet healed.

How can I contact my surgeon?

Please ring the office on 9421 4824 if you need to contact Mr Barnes.  Our practice manager Jackie Miley is a very experienced orthopaedic nurse and will be happy to help you.  If your enquiry is urgent please go to Epworth Emergency Department at 34 Erin Street Richmond, or your nearest emergency department.  Alternatively you may email contact@mattbarnes.com.au

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