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Our care plan

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Why is a care plan important

Your surgery is often only the start. Success requires not only surgical skill but also commitment by you and our team to achieve the results we all want.

This is why our team and postoperative care plan is essential

Ongoing care for months and years

You will be cared for by our team of highly experienced health professionals, whose goal is to help you get the most out of your procedure.

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Your initial consultation

During your initial consultation Dr. Seeto will:

Ask detailed information about your current symptoms and past medical history

Review any x-rays, diagnostic reports or other relevant documents

Perform a thorough physical examination

To confirm a diagnosis, other possible diagnostic investigations such as blood tests, imaging investigations may need to be arranged.

Your diagnosis

Dr Seeto will discuss your condition and recommend appropriate treatment options

Depending on the diagnosis your choice could include:

Non-Surgical treatment options

Surgical treatment options

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It’s not uncommon to have questions or doubts. Dr Seeto encourages patients to seek clarification on any issue before you leave the consultation.

Treatment plan

Where surgery is the chosen path, Dr Seeto’s aim is to provide you with all the information required to make an informed decision.

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Preparing for surgery

As you prepare for your surgery, it is important to be proactive.

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Mental preparation

Before the surgery, you should make sure that you understand

What the surgery entails

What to expect after surgery

What role you play in your recovery

How you can help recover quicker and with fewer problems

Surgery preparation

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Such as blood tests and special X-rays, are usually performed a week before the surgery.


Discuss any medications you are taking with Dr Seeto. Some medications that thin your blood (Aspirin, Warfarin, Plavix, etc) may need to be ceased prior to surgery.

Keep in mind these recommendations

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Dr. Seeto will discuss the potential for needing a blood transfusion with you

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Weight loss

If you are overweight, losing weight will help decrease stress on your new joint. However, you should not diet the month before your surgery

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Avoid tobacco

If you smoke, it’s recommended to stop or cut down to reduce your surgery risks

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Other diseases

Have any tooth, gum, bladder or bowel problems treated before surgery to reduce the risk of infection

Other preoperative activities could include:

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Eat a well-balanced diet. Remember to avoid dieting the month before your surgery

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Report any infections to your surgeon. Surgery cannot be performed until all infections have cleared up

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Arrange for someone to help out with everyday tasks like cooking, shopping and laundry

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Easy Reach

Put items that you use often within easy reach before surgery so you won’t have to reach and bend as often

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Easy Access

Remove all loose carpets and tape down electrical cords to avoid falls. Make sure you have a stable chair with a firm seat cushion, firm back and two arms.

The day before your surgery

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The hospital will contact you in the afternoon of the day prior to your surgery.

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You will be told when to arrive at the hospital and from when to fast from.

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It is important to remember to bring all your x-rays and scans with you to the hospital

Day of your surgery

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On the day of the surgery you will be seen by a lot of staff from the clerk at the front desk, to nurses, doctors and porters. Your anaesthetist will discuss with you the options for your anaesthetic and the pros and cons of different options.

Dr Seeto will see you before you go to sleep and mark your limb and answer any last minute questions

If you are having joint replacement surgery

A catheter will be placed into your bladder when you are asleep so that your kidney function can be monitored during and after the surgery.
The catheter will be removed when you are medically stable.

Usually after 24-36 hours

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If you are having Day Surgery, remember the following

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You will not be able to drive home after the surgery

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Do not drink or eat anything in the car on the trip home. The combination of anaesthesia, food, and car motion often cause nausea or vomiting

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Have someone available to take you home

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After arriving home, wait until you are hungry before trying to eat. Begin with a light meal and try to avoid greasy food for the first 24 hours

Post Operative
Hospital Recovery

After the surgery, you will wake up from the anesthesia in a recovery room.

Depending on your surgery an x-ray may be taken to ensure that any implants are where they should be. Once you are lucid enough and medically stable you will be transferred to the orthopaedic ward.

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Diet after surgery

After the surgery, yo will continue to receive fluids and antibiotics through the IV inserted in your arm until you are able to tolerate regular liquids. The Iv is usually removed after 24 hours

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Physical movement

Physical activity in most cases will start on the day of the surgery.
Your nurses and physical therapists will assist you with this activity until you can progress on your own

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Leaving hospital

Before leaving hospital, your doctor will check

Your vital signs and bladder functionYou can eat without having nauseaThere are no signs of infections

Recovery At Home

To help you with your home recovery, your surgical team will give you information on how to manage the next stage of your post operative recovery. These include:

What to expect
Stages of Recovery
Appropriate Diet
Timelines and Recovery Schedules
Movement Restrictions
Post Operation Appointments
Contact Details in Case of Emergency

Post Operative Infection

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If unsure you should ask for clarifications and follow these instructions closely and diligently

If any of the following signs of infection are observed, you should call Dr Seeto immediately

Signs of infection include:

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Increase in swelling around the incision

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Excessive fluid drainage from the incision

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Opening of the surgical incision

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Chills, nausea/

Pain management

After the surgery, pain medications and antibiotics are prescribed to control pain and prevent infection

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Take your pain medicine as directed

Begin the pain medicine as you start getting uncomfortable, but before you are in severe pain. If you wait to take your pain medication until the pain is severe, you will have more difficulty controlling the pain

If you had surgery on a extremity (wrist, knee or ankle), keep it elevated and use ice as directed.

Wound care

When you will be discharged, you will still have a surgical dressing on your incision(s)

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Dressings are usually left intact until the first post-operative appointment.

Most dressing are waterproof and showers can commence after surgery. Observe dressings regularly to ensure they are watertight.

If there are issues with the dressings or wound please contact Dr Seeto's rooms.

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Driving after surgery

Check with Dr. Seeto when you are allowed to return to driving

Rehabilitation program

Your post-operative Rehabilitation Program includes physical therapy. Rehabilitation starts soon after your surgery and is very important to:

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Regain strength

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Provide mobility

Your Rehabilitation Program schedule will be tailored for your specific requirements

Our support team or physiotherapist will provide you with a rehabilitation program.

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Return to work

Dr Seeto will discuss with you about returning to work, this will be dependant on:

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Your occupation and its physical requirements

How you commute to and from work

Your occupation and its physical requirements

How you commute to and from work

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Quality Guarantee

Dr. Seeto guarantees exceptional quality. No extra charges for future correction related to his treatment, including surgeon, anaesthetist, or assistant fees. Peace of mind assured.

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No Extra Fees

Importantly, all many aspects of your aftercare are included in your once-off surgical fee – with no hidden charges, expiry dates and any other fees from us – ever.

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Do you need a

Knee replacement?

Dr Seeto in affiliation with Medibank Private and East Sydney Private hospital, offers a program for eligible Medibank Private Members, to eliminate medical out of pocket costs for your Knee Replacement.

The program includes a pre-surgery preparation program, spending the minimal time necessary in hospital, as well as home rehabilitation if necessary.


Out Of Pocket

Knee operation

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