Vermont Private Hospital

No-Gap joint surgery

To find out more about our No-Gap joint replacement program, speak to one of our Patient Co-ordinators.

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No-Gap joint replacement program - putting you in control of your recovery

Level 2, Vermont South Medical Centre, 645-647 Burwood Highway, Vermont South, VIC 3133

No-Gap joint replacement surgery - getting you back on your feet faster

Patients requiring hip or knee replacement surgery, who are eligible under their private health cover, can now access treatment at Vermont Private Hospital and be assured that there will be no out-of-pocket costs for hospital or medical costs associated with their hospital stay.*

Our innovative model of care means you can avoid a long stay in hospital, and have the option to recover in the comfort of your own home.

The key to a great outcome is being prepared

One of our Patient Co-ordinators will be with you to guide you through every step of your surgery. If you are clinically suitable and are eligible, you will be provided with additional support both before and after your hospital stay – all designed to put you in control of your recovery and help you get back on your feet faster.

This includes a “pre-habilitation” assessment and education by a specialist physiotherapist who will work with you to optimally prepare you for surgery. You will also be offered options to receive nursing and rehabilitation care at home afterwards, including access to smartphone app technology to customise your recovery.

To find out more, please click on the button below, and we will introduce you to one of our Patient Co-ordinators, or telephone us on 03 8547 1111

*Hospital excesses payable if applicable.

What to expect

At Vermont Private Hospital, our nursing teams are dedicated to working with surgeons to deliver superior care and outcomes for our patients. We also believe in creating a sustainable healthcare system, and are proud to be involved in developing a care model that gives you certainty over both the level of care you will receive, and the costs involved in your surgery – and gets you back to doing the things you love faster.

  • Patient Co-ordinator

    The key to a great outcome is making sure you are prepared for your surgery, knowing what to expect at each stage.

    At Vermont Private Hospital, one of our Patient Co-ordinators will work with you right from the start, answering all of your questions, and guiding you through each step – before, during and after your operation.

    Your Patient Co-ordinator will help you prepare for your surgery, and will introduce you to the  physiotherapists and nurses who will be involved with your care.

    They will also co-ordinate and help you prepare for your return home after your operation, organising your home rehabilitation program, and making sure you, your family and your carers know exactly what to expect.

    And they will still be there after your surgery, staying in touch with you after you go home, and will be on hand to make sure you have the best possible outcome from your surgery.

    If you would like to know more about how our program works, please click on the button below, and we’ll put you in touch with one of our Patient Co-ordinators.

  • Pre-operative Assessment

    Once your surgeon has decided that you are suitable for our short stay, No-Gap hip or knee replacement program, they will arrange a date for your surgery. The Hospital will then contact you to arrange a pre-operative assessment where our nurses will:

    • Conduct a full clinical health assessment and liaise with the surgeon and anaesthetist to plan your surgery
    • Review all of your blood tests and X rays
    • Discuss the sort of support services you may need when you are discharged to your home
    • Help you to organise any equipment you may need to assist with your recovery
    • Answer any questions you may have about your stay

    A physiotherapist will also meet with you to discuss what you will need in your home after surgery.

    We will also check your eligibility, and whether you have any excess or co-payment under your Medibank or HCF policy.

  • On the day of surgery

    When you arrive at the hospital for your surgery, our administration staff will guide you through the admission process, and collect any hospital excess if applicable.

    Our nursing staff will then complete your clinical admission and get you ready for surgery. You will meet with your surgeon and anaesthetist prior to surgery, who will be able to answer any last-minute questions you may have.

    After surgery we will provide you with education and support to manage any pain, and start getting you back on your feet. Our physiotherapist will be around to visit you twice a day to assist you with early mobilisation.

  • Recovery at home

    Most of our patients are discharged within 24 hours, and you will be able to go home, and undergo all of your recovery with assistance in the home from allied health professionals.

    Whilst you won’t be able to resume all of your normal activities for a few weeks, you will be in control of your recovery, comfortable in the familiarity of your own home.

Joint replacement is among the most effective surgeries for improving quality of life, and over 30,000 hip replacement and 50,000 knee replacement procedures are performed in Australia each year.

You can find a participating surgeon here

Getting you back on your feet faster

Developed in partnership with Orthopaedic Surgeon, Daevyd Rodda, Vermont Private Hospital is proud to offer a new model of care for patients requiring joint surgery.  As well as reducing the amount of time in hospital, and getting you back on your feet faster, we have eliminated out-of-pocket costs for clinically appropriate patients who are eligible under their Medibank or nib private health insurance policy.*

Supporting you every step of the way

The average stay in Australian hospitals after hip or knee joint replacement surgery is over four days, with many patients requiring an additional stay for rehabilitation which can be a week or more.

With the right support in place, research has shown that patients have better outcomes and a better experience when they recover in the comfort of their own home. New surgical and anaesthetic techniques for joint replacement surgery mean that you can be back on your feet and back to doing the things you love faster, often being discharged from hospital the day after surgery. During your assessment, your surgeon will determine whether you are clinically suitable for this model of care.

*Hospital excesses payable if applicable

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FAQs

  • How do I know if I am suitable for the No-Gap joint replacement program?

    To find out if you are suitable for our No-Gap joint surgery program, you can make an appointment to see one of our participating orthopaedic surgeons, who will be able to assess your general health and the type of surgery you require.

  • How do I know if my private health insurance will cover me for No-Gap joint surgery?

    We have partnered with Medibank and HCF to provide this service. Please contact your health fund directly to find out if you are covered under your policy.

    Click on the links below for more information about your health fund, or call them directly on the numbers provided.

    Medibank:   13 23 31

    HCF:             13 13 34             

     

  • Are there any out-of-pocket costs as part of the No-Gap Joint surgery program?

    There will be an initial consultation fee with your surgeon of choice, some of which will be reclaimable through Medicare.

    You will need to speak with your private health insurance provider to determine if you have the correct level of insurance required for this surgery, and whether you have any excess payments due to the insurer.

    You will also be required to cover the expenses of medications required after discharge.

    There are no out-of-pocket cost for services provided during your hospital stay, except for your hospital excess if applicable.

  • Can I get more information about the No-Gap joint surgery program before I see my doctor?

    We have dedicated Patient Co-ordinators, who will be able to tell you more about the program, the care you will receive, and what costs, if any, are involved. They will also be able to provide you with an introduction to one of our participating surgeons if you need.

    Together with our physiotherapy team, we run patient information sessions to learn more about the care you will receive and what costs, if any, are involved.

    For more information, speak to one of our friendly Patient Co-ordinators

  • Do I have to come to the hospital to attend prehabilitation and joint school?

    No, a nurse can call you at home to discuss other options, however, patients who attend prehabilitation joint clinic find the extra knowledge gained beneficial to their overall experience of a joint replacement and recovery.

  • How do I know if my surgeon operates at your hospital?

    We have partnered with some of Australia’s leading orthopaedic surgeons, and have developed a model of care that has led the way in providing this service to all Australians. You can find one of our participating surgeons below.

  • How do I prepare for my operation?

    Once your surgeon has decided that you are suitable for our short stay, No-Gap joint replacement surgery program, they will arrange a date for your surgery. The Hospital will then contact you to arrange a pre-operative assessment where our nurses will:

    • Conduct a full clinical health assessment and liaise with the surgeon and anaesthetist to plan your surgery
    • Review all of your blood tests and x-rays
    • Discuss the sort of support services you may need when you are discharged to your home
    • Help you to organise any equipment you may need to assist with your recovery
    • Answer any questions you may have about your stay
  • What tests will I need to have done prior to surgery?

    Your surgeon will order any required tests, which may include full blood tests and an Electrocardiogram.

  • Will I have my own private room?

    Yes, you will have your own private room. Vermont Private Hospital has 16 single private rooms with their own ensuites.  Access to free Wi fi and free to air TV is available, and your family and friends are welcome to visit at any time between 8am and 8pm.

  • How I will manage at home after my operation?

    During your time at your prehabilitation clinic, we will discuss all of your concerns regarding your personalised rehabilitation. Whilst patients generally do rehabilitate at home we understand that this may not always be possible, and in these cases we will refer you to an inpatient rehabilitation program at a specialist rehabilitation hospital.

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