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.
Developed in partnership with Orthopaedic Surgeons, 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 private health insurance policy.
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.
High quality patient care
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.
You can find a participating surgeon here
Getting you back on your feet faster
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.
Putting you in control of your care
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.
What to expect
Once your surgeon has decided that you are suitable for rapid recovery joint surgery, 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 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 out of pocket fee required under your health insurance policy.
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.
How do I know if I am suitable for rapid recovery joint surgery?
To find out if you are suitable for rapid recovery joint surgery, 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 to provide this service. Please contact Medibank directly on 132 331 to find out if you are covered under your policy.
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.
Can I get more information before I see my doctor?
Together with our physiotherapy team, we run patient information nights to learn more about the care you will receive and what costs, if any, are involved.
Latest news on no gap joint surgery
News ZOOP news November 7, 2019
Medibank Zero Out of Pocket Joint Surgery Partnership
Nexus Hospitals’ partnership with Medibank Private featured in the Australian Financial Review today, with Medibank CEO Craig Drummond highlighting our zero out of pocket joint replacement surgery model as a way of delivering high value healthcare whilst maximising the value of private healthcare expenditure. More information on our zero out of pocket model is available […]
News ZOOP news August 19, 2019
No gap, short stay joint surgery pilot
Vermont Private Hospital has partnered with Medibank Private and Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr Daevyd Rodda to pilot a short stay, no gap joint surgery for suitable patients. The model of care featured on Channel 9 News on Monday 19th August. You can find out more here.
Press Releases ZOOP news News August 19, 2019
No gap surgery for patients requiring joint replacement
New cooperation between private hospital operator, doctors and health insurer guarantees “no gaps” for patients having joint replacement surgery. Vermont Private Hospital (part of the Nexus Hospitals Group) in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs is the first to offer a new style of private health insurance arrangement guaranteeing that patients needing joint replacement can have their surgery […]
Sign up for patient no-gap joint surgery information night
If you would like to attend a patient information night to learn more about no-gap joint surgery, please complete the form below, and we will let you know as soon as we have scheduled our next event.