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FAQ's

What are the office hours?

Monday 8.30am to 5pm
Tuesday 8.30am to 5pm
Wednesday 8.30am to 3.30pm
Thursday 8.30am to 12.30pm
Friday 8.30am to 1pm

What does Dr McEwen specialise in?

Dr McEwen is a specialist knee surgeon

What is required to get an appointment with Dr McEwen?

If you have an urgent injury, please complete the details under the appointments for knee ligament injuries tab on the home page.

Your referral letter and recent x-rays are required in the rooms for your referral to be assessed.

Dr McEwen triages all of his patients, this means that each referral is assessed to determine the priority of your appointment based on severity and need for surgery.

Further tests may be required depending upon what information is made available at the time of referral.

Are any further tests required prior to my appointment?

If any further tests are required, the forms will be posted to you with your appointment card.

What do I need to bring to my appointment?

  • The original referral letter from your GP, if not already in rooms.
  • Any additional x-rays/tests that have been requested.
  • Medicare card
  • Private Health Fund card (if you have private health insurance)
  • Payment method of your choice, (cash, credit card or cheque)
  • List of your current medications 
  • Where does Dr McEwen operate?
  • Mater Hospital, Fulham Road, Pimlico, Townsville

Can I get a letter for airport security clearance after my total knee replacement?

Unfortunately no.  This is due to the stringent security measures now undertaken by airport security and as such any documentation from a medical specialist will not suffice.

What to do if have an urgent injury?

Please complete the details on the home web page under the appointments for knee ligament injuries and we will be in touch or have your GP/Physio contact Dr McEwen directly.

What can I do if I require an MRI?

Contact the office, ensure your referral is also delivered to rooms.

What further tests maybe required?

Varying from your injury or complaint you may need an MRI, further x-rays, blood tests, ECG and Echocardiogram.

What can I do if I live out of town?

You can post your referral to the office along with either the hard copies of your x-rays, the CD enclosed with your x-rays, or e-mail to info@kneesurgeon.com.au.

If further tests are required and are not available in your region, we will try to organise these to be done while you are in Townsville.

Does Dr McEwen participate in Gap Cover Scheme?

No. There will be an out of pocket expense.

How long do I have to wear the white compression stockings after surgery?

This depends on what surgery you have had.  You are required to wear the stockings for six weeks following major surgery like total knee replacements and otherwise until mobility returns to normal.

When do I take the anti-inflammatory (Celebrex) prior to surgery?

If you were prescribed the anti-inflammatory please take this for the seven days prior to your surgery.  Please do take other anti-inflammatories such as Mobic/Nurofen/Brufen while taking the Celebrex.  Ensure you take this medication on a full stomach.

Will I require physiotherapy?

Yes. This plays an important role in restoring strength and mobility. 

Not all patients will require physiotherapy in hospital.  Dr McEwen will organise on a patient specific basis.  Continue the exercises shown to you by Dr McEwen when you go home.  At your first post operative appointment (usually a week or two on a Wednesday) you will see a SportsmedNQ Physiotherapist who will be given specific instructions from Dr McEwen and give you an exercise program tailored to your requirements.

When can I drive following my surgery?

Depending upon your type of surgery and your use of crutches.  Usually you can drive after knee surgery once you no longer need your crutches to walk, can walk normally and are not under the influence of any strong narcotic pain relief medication, such as Endone.  Please get clearance from Dr McEwen.

When can I swim?

When your wound is clean and dry, this is usually about three to four weeks.

When can I take my dressings off?

You may take your dressings off one week following your post-op appointment.  If you have any queries regarding your wound, please contact the rooms.

What do I need to take to hospital?

  • Take all of your medications
  • An overnight bag with your essential toiletries and a change or two of clothes.
  • Crutches
  • Any x-rays or scans relating to your surgery

What do I need to do one week prior to my surgery?

  • Consent form signed and returned to office
  • Hospital form is completed and returned to hospital
  • Any out of pocket expenses are paid
  • Check that blood thinning medications such as aspirin, clopidogrel (plavix), coumadin (warfarin), dabigatran (pradaxa) have been ceased as per Dr McEwen’s specific instructions.  Call the office for clarification if unsure.

What do I do if I have a concern about my wound?

  • Contact the office during office hours or if after hours call the Mater Hospital Orthopaedic ward on 4727 4450 or 4727 4444.

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