Who Is An Orthopaedic Surgeon?
An Orthopaedic surgeon is a doctor who specialises in the treatment of fractures, dislocations, chronic degenerative conditions, injuries, diseases and disorders of the musculoskeletal system. This includes the joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, pelvis, spine bones and peripheral nerves.
An Orthopaedic surgeon is highly trained to make a diagnosis, offer treatment (which often does not require an operation) and supervise your rehabilitation.
Orthosports is a professional association of Orthopaedic surgeons in Sydney, Australia who specialize in joint replacement, arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. This includes total hip replacement, total knee replacement, ACL reconstruction, arthroscopic shoulder surgery, open shoulder surgery, spine surgery, foot and ankle surgery, elbow surgery, hand surgery, paediatric, trauma and fracture management and many other subspecialist Orthopaedic procedures.
Orthosports includes sports and exercise medicine physicians who are dedicated to promoting excellence in the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders in both adults and children.
To maintain this level of excellence we encourage patient education at each visit and all our doctors partake in continuing education courses. Our surgeons participate with industry to develop new Orthopaedic devices, improve Orthopaedic implant materials and improve surgical procedures and techniques.
Our Mission is to provide optimal patient care in Orthopaedic surgery, Sport and Exercise Medicine and Physiotherapy.
Once it has been determined that you need an operation the Orthosports staff will be able to provide you with a cost estimate for your surgery. This can be a confusing area and the office staff will readily offer you assistance in navigating the financial part of your surgery. This includes help with paper work, hospital admissions, medical fund rebate and the like.
The standard fee charged in this office is based around the Australian Medical Association recommended fee. This means that in most instances there will be a portion of your surgical fee which will not be covered by Medicare or your health fund. It is important that you ask about this gap prior to receiving treatment.
With respect to Orthopaedic surgery, some of the operations will receive a benefit from your insurer whilst others will not. We are able to give you the appropriate advice on all these matters and give you accurate estimates of what the final costs might be. Please be advised that when you have an operation there is a fee for your attending surgeon, his assistant, the anaesthetist and the hospital.
Our staff are fully informed about charges and rebates and will be able to help you navigate your way through this complex area.
Do I need to have private health insurance?
No. You can choose to ‘self insure’. This still allows you to choose your doctor and the location and timing of your surgery but will result in a higher out of pocket payment than if you were in a health fund
Will my insurance cover all my treatments
Insurance applies only to medical treatments and will not cover the entire cost of the treatment. Some items necessary for your treatment may not be paid for by some health funds. Please check with our staff and your fund prior to commencing your treatment. Cosmetic treatments are typically not covered.
Goals And Objectives
- To deliver superior quality care to patients affected with musculoskeletal injury or disease.
- To take an active role in promoting knowledge in all aspects of Orthopaedic care to undergraduate and postgraduate students, practicing health care professionals and members of public.
- To pursue advances in orthopaedic knowledge and the treatment of paediatric and adult orthopaedic disorders through research.
- To provide Rehabilitation services to return patients to their previous level of function.
Orthosports provides information via the internet for educational and communication purposes only. The material presented on the internet is not intended to convey the only nor necessarily the best method or procedure, but rather represents techniques, equipment, and practices used by the physicians of Orthosports. Orthosports disclaims any and all liability for injury and/or other damages which result from an individual using techniques presented on the internet, whether these claims are asserted by a physician or any other person.
Orthosports believes the information on our website is current and applicable to the work being done by the orthopaedic surgeons around the world. It is, as always, the responsibility of the treating physician to choose the proper treatment for the patient, given the specifics of the case.