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What to expect with your specialised care:

Wei-Han Tay Orthopaedic surgeon Orthocare Melbourne

NEW PATIENTS

Please arrive 10 minutes before your appointment to complete a registration form and health questionnaire.

Please bring the following to your consultation:

  • Referral letter form your general practitioner or specialist
  • All relevant imaging and their reports – x-rays, ultrasound, CT and MRI
  • Medicare card
  • Health insurance, TAC or WorkCover claim details

Consultation fees are paid at the time of your appointment by cash, EFTPOS or credit card (Visa or MasterCard).  An itemised quote for your proposed procedure, including any out-of-pocket co-payments, will be provided prior to surgery.

    

If you do not have health insurance and would like to see Mr Tay, please ask your doctor to refer you to his outpatient clinic at the Royal Melbourne Hospital or Box Hill Hospital.  Alternatively, you may choose to fund your own surgery and a payment plan can be arranged.

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Call 03 9002 4621 or 03 9890 0366 (for Epworth Eastern) to make an appointment.
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PRE-SURGERY

Please bring the following on the day of your surgery:

  • All relevant imaging and their reports – x-rays, ultrasound, CT and MRI
  • Pathology results
  • Regular medication
  • Any correspondence relevant to your care

You will be informed when you need to fast from, and where and when to present for your operation.  Most regular medications should be continued to be taken on the day of surgery with a sip of water.  Exceptions include insulin for diabetes or any blood-thinning agents for which specific instructions will be advised.  Please make aware if you have also previously had any blood clots in the leg or to the lung.

   

It is recommended to remove any jewellery before coming to hospital and bring loose-fitting clothing that is easy to put on over dressings.  Patients are advised to take particular care to avoid any wounds near the surgical site or on the limb to be operated on to reduce the risk of infection.  For patients undergoing foot surgery, please ensure to keep your feet and nails clean, including removing any nail polish.

Wei-Han Tay Orthopaedic surgeon Orthocare Melbourne

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POST-SURGERY

In addition to meeting you in the pre-operative holding area, Mr Tay will see you in hospital on the same day after your operation or the following morning.  You will be discharged from hospital when your pain is controlled by oral medication and you are mobilising safely.  It is important to keep your dressings or plaster intact and dry by using a plastic bag to cover your limb when showering.  If they become wet or too tight, or you are concerned, please contact the rooms.

 

Whether you will be allowed to immediately walk on your operated foot or ankle, or have unrestricted movement of your shoulder will be determined by your procedure.  This will be advised prior to your operation so that arrangements for your care and rehabilitation can be made in advance.  For patients issued with a post-operative shoe, boot or sling, usage is generally only required during ambulation and active movement of unaffected adjacent joints is encouraged.  You will be safe to drive when you do not require to wear an orthosis and can fully mobilise without pain or hindrance.

 

Swelling after foot and ankle surgery is an expectation and often takes many months to resolve.  Rest and elevation of the limb is essential in the early post-operative period to prevent excessive swelling, which can lead to wound complications and stiffness.  Swelling will also gradually lessen with improved mobility.

 

Your first post-operative appointment will be 10-14 days after your surgery to remove your sutures.  Mr Tay will correspond with your general practitioner at each stage of your care.  He will also liaise and work with your physiotherapist throughout your rehabilitation.

Individualised and evidence-based
approach to patient care
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Communication, patience and
guidance throughout your recovery
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