Frequently asked questions
How quickly can I be seen?
I have a number of regular clinic times each week.
Do I need a GP referral?
If you are paying for your own treatment, then a referral is not usually necessary although it is helpful if possible.
The majority of insurers will require a GP or Physiotherapist referral before authorising a consultation, investigations or any treatment.
Are you recognised by my insurance company?
I am recognised by all the major insurance companies as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon.
For your piece of mind I am fee-assured with all the major insurers.
There are a large number of policies that cover differing aspects of care and I would recommend you ensure that you understand what is and is not covered under your particular policy.
Do I need private medical insurance to be seen?
No. While most people being treated in the private sector will have insurance cover, an increasing number are choosing to fund their own treatment.
There are a variety of ways to pay for treatment but in general the hospital would require payment for surgery in full in advance.
How long will my appointment be?
I allow ample time for thorough new and follow up appointments.
Do you see patients for second opinions?
An increasing proportion of my work in the NHS comes from referrals from other Consultants (tertiary opinions) or patients who have had previous surgery and I see increasing numbers of patients in the private sector for this reason.
If you have a particularly complex problem please make it clear when booking with my secretary to ensure that we allow enough time.
How long will I be in hospital?
Some operations are done as a day case while others require a stay in hospital. You will be discharged as soon as safe and able.
I will endeavour to ensure that less invasive and careful surgical techniques, excellent anaesthesia and early mobilisation are utilised to allow you to be mobile and home safely and quickly.
Which physiotherapist should I see?
I am fortunate to work in a region with a large number of excellent physiotherapists many of whom I work closely with.
I will be happy to discuss who may be most suitable for your particular needs. Most physiotherapists are recognised by all the major insurers. You will need to check your policy to see whether or not physiotherapy is included.
The number and frequency of sessions required will be individually tailored to, and guided by your progress.
Physiotherapy is often very helpful preceding (prehabilitation) as well as following an operation (rehabilitation).
What follow up will I need?
The number of further consultations you need will depend on the operation you have had and how closely I need to monitor your progress.
In general I aim to continue to see you until we are happy that you have fully recovered from any procedure.
What should I do in an emergency?
Although I aim to provide as complete a service as possible, I am unable to provide 24/7 cover. If you have any urgent queries you should call my secretary or ward nurse initially. If available I will organise to see you. If I am unable to organise a review, a safe alternative plan will be made.