Following are some questions and answers that we are frequently asked.
- How do I get a referral?
- What do I bring to the first appointment?
- Can I get Dr Scott to order a MRI scan before the first appointment?
- Do I need to have an x-ray before my appointment?
- Where does Dr Scott operate?
- Does Dr Scott offer non-surgical options?
- How long will I be in hospital?
- What do I do after my surgery?
- What if I have problems after my surgery?
A referral from a medical practitioner (GP) is essential. Medicare will not fund any consultation which is not requested by a medical practitioner.
You will need to bring the following to your first appointment:
- Your referral letter from your GP or another medical practitioner – this is required under the Medicare regulations.
- Your Medicare card.
- All x-rays and scans. Please bring the films themselves and the radiologist’s reports. This may minimise the need for further appointments or scans.
This is not usually done but can be appropriate in selected cases. You would need to discuss this with Dr Scott’s reception staff and provide a detailed GP referral first.
It is a very good idea to have an x-ray before your appointment. Patients often arrive for an initial consultation with ultrasounds but no plain x-rays. Plain x-rays are fundamental, especially to assess shoulder problems, and Dr Scott is reluctant to make a final diagnosis without seeing one.
Dr Scott operates from three locations:
- Mater Private Hospital
- Greenslopes Private Hospital
- Sunnybank Private Hospital
- Intermediate cases can be done at the Mater Public Hospital, depending on availability of hospital facilities
Yes. There are many non-surgical options available for all shoulder and upper limb problems. Once you have been examined, Dr Scott will discuss with you what these are and whether they would be appropriate in your particular case.
Almost all people who have shoulder surgery stay in hospital for one night and return home the next morning. People having shoulder replacements generally stay in hospital for two nights unless they are older or have other medical problems, in which case it may be longer. People having other upper limb surgery, such as carpal tunnel releases, may be discharged from hospital the same day. You will be told when you book your surgery how long you will need to stay in hospital.
The post-surgical instructions are deliberately kept very simple. Depending on the type of surgery, your arm may be placed in plaster. Your shoulder may be placed in an arm immobiliser (which is a type of sling holding the arm to your body) or in a collar and cuff.
In most cases, Dr Scott will advise you to do some simple exercises during the first week after surgery before he sees you for your post-operative visit one week after surgery. Dr Scott will provide you with further instructions and advice about physiotherapy in the first follow-up appointment.
Some pain and a degree of discomfort is naturally expected during the first weeks after surgery. However, please contact Dr Scott’s rooms if you are very concerned, and particularly if you are experiencing any of the following:
- Excessive swelling and/or redness around the wound
- Severe pain