Dr. Roderick Brooks - Orthopaedic Surgeon
 

FAQs

General

What are your business hours?

Our practice hours are from 9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. Appointments can be made by telephoning our practice at (02) 9489 9611.

What is osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It is caused by the breakdown of cartilage. Cartilage is the tough elastic material that covers and protects the ends of bones. Bits of cartilage may break off and cause pain and swelling in the joint between bones. This pain and swelling is called inflammation. Over time the cartilage may wear away entirely, and the bones will rub together. Osteoarthritis can affect any joint but usually affects hips, knees, hands and spine.

What are the joints that can be viewed with an Arthroscope?

Although the inside of nearly all joints can be viewed with an arthroscope, six joints are most frequently examined with this instrument. These include the knee, shoulder, elbow, ankle, hip, and wrist. As engineers make advances in electronic technology and orthopaedic surgeons develop new techniques, other joints may be treated more frequently in the future.

Will physical therapy be required after surgery?

Major surgery on a joint may take two or three hours in the operating room. Getting full range of motion, strength and flexibility back in that joint after surgery usually takes months. That's where pre-operative exercise and education and post-operative physiotherapy programs come in - to ensure you're physically and emotionally prepared for surgery, and to maximise your recovery after surgery. Together, such programs are among the most important determinants in the success of your surgery.

Do I need a doctor's referral to make an appointment with Dr. Brooks?

As a Specialist clinic, patients need referral from their General Practitioner, family physician or other doctor to make an appointment with Dr. Brooks.

What should I bring with me when I come for an appointment?

When you come for your appointment remember to bring the following:

  • Referral letter from GP, family physician or other doctor
  • Medicare card, DVA card, Pension Card
  • Have your Private Hospital Insurance information with you
  • Reports, X-rays, MRI's, CT scans etc and any other relevant information
What's New - Dr. Roderick Brooks - Orthopaedic SurgeonHip Resurfacing or bone conserving procedure replaces the acetabulum (hip socket) in the same way but resurfaces the femoral head.
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