Before Surgery

Planning ahead is the key to a successful return to home after your stay in hospital so prepare your home in the days before you leave for the hospital.

What you need to know

Planning ahead is the key to a successful return to home after your stay in hospital so prepare your home in the days before you leave for the hospital. Ensure all rugs and obstacles are removed that may prevent you from moving about freely. Make sure all the things you commonly need (such as medications, remote controls etc) are within easy reach. By minimizing the amount of reaching, bending and lifting you need to do you will be increasing the chances of a successful recovery.

Prepare an overnight bag that includes loose fitting clothing and slip on shoes with non-slip soles. It is important you pack shirts that button up, not tops which pull over the head. Remember to pack common medical needs, such as an inhaler if you are asthmatic, but do not pack any other medications from home.

Remember to also bring MRI or CT scans on the day of the surgery.

The following flow charts outlines the typical journey that patients take. While every journey is different it is important to understand common trends and know what to expect from each stage of the process.

Privately insured patient's journey

First appointment with Dr Moloney

Have scans / tests

Review appointment to discuss options

Decision to proceed with surgery or injection

Referral to another health provider

Patient books into hospital

Patient takes admission forms to hospital and is given a quote by the receptionist

Patient has pre-operative appointment if requested

Patient sent pre-operative questionnaire to fill in and return

Patient takes scans to the hospital when he / she is admitted

Dr Moloney sees patient the night before the surgery in hospital

Operation

Workers compensation patient's journey

First appointment with Dr Moloney

Dr Moloney refers for further scans / tests – request approval from insurance company

Approval received – referral to get scans / tests is finalised and patient is advised

Patient has scans / tests

Patient has appointment with Dr Moloney to discuss options

Decision to proceed with surgery or injection

Referral to another health provider

Send request and quote to workers compensation insurance company

Receive approval from workers compensation insurance company

Patient is advised and surgery is booked

Email admission forms and workers comp approval to hospital

Patient has pre-operative appointment if requested

Patient is admitted to hospital

Dr Moloney sees patient the night before the surgery in hospital

Operation

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