FAQ

Can I get parking easily at Dr McAuliffe’s rooms?

Yes there is ample parking behind Dr McAuliffe’s Ipswich rooms, drive up the driveway and parking and entrance is at the rear of the building. There are no steps.
In Indooroopilly parking is under the building, you will be provided with a code to open the boom gate prior to your appointment. There is a lift to the reception area. 

Does Dr McAuliffe typically run on time?

Dr McAuliffe strives to run on time. Of course emergencies can occasionally occur which means appointment times may run late and we appreciate your understanding with this. However we understand that everyone has important things on and you do not want to be sitting in our waiting room for extended periods. For this reason if we are running behind where possible we will endeavor to call you prior to your appointment and let you know of the delay. For this reason please be sure we have your current phone numbers.

How do I know if I should have an operation?

The decision to have an operation is one that should be made after a discussion with Dr McAuliffe. It is your choice and can only be made once all your questions have been answered so don’t hesitate to raise all your queries with Dr McAuliffe. Dr McAuliffe will never push you to have an operation and will discuss all your operative and non-operative options with you.  Keep in mind that all surgery comes with risks and outcomes vary greatly between patients. However Dr McAuliffe will be able to inform you of complication statistics and patient satisfaction related to your procedure.

How long will I be in hospital for?

Joint replacements will be in hospital for 3 – 5 days.
ACL reconstructions will be in hospital overnight.
Arthroscopies will be day surgery.
All other procedures are typically day or overnight surgery.

How much will it cost?

Dr McAuliffe’s staff will provide you will an estimate of fees prior to you booking your operation. Dr McAuliffe’s goal is to keep all costs for his patients low. Please refer to the fees and billing  and surgical fees structure information. You should also contact your private health fund to discuss other fees you may incur. At times if complications occur you may incur additional costs.

I have injured my knee very recently and feel I need to be seen by an orthopaedic surgeon ASAP, what should I do?

The first thing anyone wanting to see an orthopaedic surgeon needs to do is visit their GP. The GP will assess the injury and carry out early tests required such as x-rays. The GP will then decide on the next step. If they feel you need to see an orthopaedic surgeon you will be provided with a referral letter. Dr McAuliffe will arrange to see any urgent injuries as quickly as possible in the case where early intervention will be beneficial. In order to arrange this Dr McAuliffes requests that you drop in or fax (38120444) your referral into the rooms and Dr McAuliffe will review it and we will contact you with an appointment time. Alternatively your GP may decide to call Dr McAuliffe and discuss this with him.

Once I decide to have an operation will I have to wait long to have it?

Dr McAuliffe is happy to work with you around your work and personal commitments to find the most suitable time for your procedure. There are a number of factors that need to be organised before your surgery and these depend on the procedure. Typically you will have your operation within a couple of weeks, for more complex procedures such as Total Joint Replacements we need to allow extra time for pre-operative appointments, equipment ordering etc so the wait time will be a little longer. Of course if you need an urgent operation this can be arranged immediately. 

What are the risks of surgery?

All surgical procedures have risks, despite the highest standards of practice. Dr McAuliffe takes all steps to minimise your risks however complications can occur; General risks of surgery include:
– Pain and discomfort around the surgical site – this may be permanent
– Infection
– Nerve and vessel damage
– Nausea, typically from the anaesthetic or some pain medication
– Significant bleeding
– Keloid scars – most scars fade and flatten, but some may become “keloid” and remain raised, itchy, thick and red
– Slow healing – most likely to occur in smokers and people with diabetes
– Allergies to anaesthetic agents, antiseptic solutions, suture materials or dressings
– Death

All procedures carry specific risks, Dr McAuliffe will discuss these with you when you are discussing your case.

What happens once I book my operation?

When you book your operation you will work with Dr McAuliffe to chose a date for your procedure.

Our reception staff will provide you with a quote for the procedure and any relevant pre / post operative appointments. 

PLEASE NOTE: If you have pre-operative appointments booked for you it is essential you attend these. Your procedure can not go ahead if you have not had all of these appointments. If you have any concerns making these appointments please contact our rooms to discuss.

For Total Joint Replacements
You will be provided with a joint pack that will contain all the information you require for your operation. It is essential you take the pack to all your appointments. 

What should I do before my operation?

You will have a physical examination. Other tests such as x-rays, MRI etc may be arranged. To detect problems that could complicate surgery or anaesthesia, blood tests may be taken.

Give Dr McAuliffe a list of all medicines you are taking or have recently taken. Include prescription medicines and those bought “over the counter”, without prescription. Include medicines such as insulin, warfarin and contraceptive pills that are taken for long term treatments.

Do not take aspirin, medicines containing aspirin (such as cough syrups) or large amounts of vitamins (particularly Vitamin E). You may be advised to stop taking anti-inflammatory medicine 7 to 10 days before surgery. These may increase the risk of excessive bleeding during and after surgery.

Stop smoking at least 2 weeks before surgery. Smoking increases surgical and anaesthetic risk and impairs healing.

A physiotherapist may assess your condition and discuss an exercise program to assist rehabilitation after surgery.

When should I call Dr McAuliffe after surgery?

It is important to follow your post operative instructions carefully. If you feel that something is not right or you are concerned please call Dr McAuliffe’s rooms or your GP during office hours or your after hours GP or emergency room outside these hours. After discussion with Dr McAuliffe’s rooms a decision will be made in consultation with Dr McAuliffe as to what to do. Please call if you have a sudden increase in swelling, chest pain or shortness of breath, if your wound site becomes hot and red, if you get a temperature or increased discharge. It may be nothing to be concerned about but it is better to be sure.