Patients must be seen in Hobart for surgical opinion prior to booking surgery. After consultation, surgery can be arranged at a later date at a time that is suitable.
Patients are able to travel to Hobart for surgery on the same day or the day prior to admission. Some patients elect to spend a long weekend in Tasmania sight seeing prior to their appointment/surgery.
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A chauffeured car can be arranged to meet your flight and bring you directly to the hospital or your hotel, and pick you up from the hospital the day following surgery to return you to the airport. The chauffeured car is slightly larger than a normal taxi which allows patients to stretch out and be comfortable to and from the airport – approximately 25 minutes from St Johns Hospital. We often have patients travelling on the same flights for surgery and sharing the transport is sometimes possible, depending on patient preference.
Patients are admitted into hospital for an overnight stay and are usually fit to travel back home (if VIC/NSW) the afternoon following surgery.
If you are travelling from WA, SA, QLD or NT you will be required to stay in Hobart or Melbourne for an additional 1-2 days following surgery.
Post Operative Appointment
A phone consultation will be arranged at approximately 2 weeks post surgery between you and Mr Pritchard. You will have dissolvable sutures, however you will be required to contact your GP between 7-10 days post surgery to have the wound checked.
Physiotherapy Post Hip Arthroscopy Surgery
Patients are seen by the physiotherapist from BODYSYSTEM in hospital prior to discharge and are given specific exercises to follow for the first 2 weeks post surgery.
Patients will need to arrange an appointment with their regular physiotherapist two weeks post surgery.
Details of patients regular physiotherapist will need to be provided prior to surgery. The rehab program will be emailed from BODYSYSTEM to the treating physiotherapist.
For patients undergoing hip arthroscopy, depending on recovery, overseas travel is not recommended earlier than 6-8 weeks following surgery.