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Surgery Information


Surgery Admission

Dr. Lane operates three days a week in the Greenslopes Private Hospital. Depending on your procedure you may stay overnight in ICU or only stay for the day. All procedures involve an out-of-pocket surgeon and anaesthetist fee that changes with the type of procedure.

A few days prior to your surgery our clinic will call to advise of your admission time, fasting times and ensure you have a post-op appointment scheduled.

We will also conduct a health fund check to ensure you are indeed eligible for the level of cover that you believe you are. However, if you are unsure of the level of cover we ask you please call your health fund and check before booking surgery.

Additionally, the hospital will contact you for admission details. As will the anaesthetists room to arrange your paperwork.

Booking Surgery

This will either be done during your visit to the clinic or by phone call to the clinic at a later date.


  • Avoid cuts and scratches to the limb scheduled for surgery. If any injury occurs, please notify the rooms ASAP.
  • Arthritis and Blood thinning medications will need to be ceased a few days prior to surgery. This will be discussed and advised when booking a procedure.
  • Any other Health issues / concerns should be notified to the rooms.
  • If you are over 50 years of age you will require a pre-surgery ECG.  You will be given a request form for this when booking your procedure.
  • Joint replacement patients will require blood tests a few days prior to surgery. Request forms will be given to you when booking the procedure.

Medications To Avoid
Prior to Surgery

  • Blood thinners

  • Anti-inflammatory medication

If you are unsure if any of your medication is safe or not to take prior to surgery, please call the clinic for exact advice on this.

Please also let Dr. Lane prior to surgery if you are Diabetic.



Dr Lane uses 3 regular Anaesthetists form the Greenslopes Anaesthetic Group.

Once your surgery has been booked the Anaesthetist will be given your details and will contact you to discuss your Anaesthetic. If you have any complex medical history, you might have a pre-surgery consultation with the Anaesthetist.

You will also be advised of costs for your anaesthetic.

Day of Admission

  • You will be advised of your admission and fasting times a few days prior. Generally fasting is 6 hours prior to surgery. For afternoon procedures a light early breakfast is permitted. Consumption of food and drink inside this time frame will result in cancellation of your procedure.
  • Daily medications can be taken with a small sip of water, unless advised otherwise.
  • When arriving please proceed to the surgery admission area.
  • Paperwork will be completed and pre- surgery checks done.
  • You will then be taken through to the pre-OP area where your limb be cleaned and prepped for surgery.
  • If you are staying overnight please bring your normal medications, change of clothes/ pyjamas and reading material/ ipad/ preferred entertainment material.

Post OP Information

  • Post op medications will be advised prior to discharge.
  • Mobilisation for day procedures will normally commence after surgery with aid of crutches prior to discharge.
  • Mobilisation of Joint replacements will commence on day after procedure under guidance of hospital physio.
  • Dressings can be fully removed at 2 weeks. Any variation will be advised at time of discharge.
  • Showering- you may shower as normal keeping the dressings dry. Glad wrap can be used to cover the dressings.
  • Post op consultations are arranged with the rooms, 4 weeks for joint replacements, 2 weeks for all other procedures.
  • Bruising and swelling is normal after surgery. This can take up to 3 months to fully resolve. Longer for Joint replacements.

Surgery FAQs

The out-of-pocket fee changes with the type of surgery and health cover you have. Please advise if you have a concession card as you might be eligible for a discount.

  • For joint replacements, expect a loss of energy for 6 - 12 weeks and to be using crutches for 6 - 12 weeks
  • Swelling will range from 3 - 6 weeks, 6 - 12 weeks and 3 - 6 months for a knee scope, knee replacement and hip replacement/ACL reconstruction, respectively
  • For more information, consult your 'Operation Advice' sheets provided to you upon booking for surgery
  • Alternately call or email through to the clinic for further information

Please call the clinic (07 3394 4228) to discuss. For access to some strong pain medications you will have to contact your GP.

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