What are your business hours?
Our practice hours are from 9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. Appointments can be made by telephoning our practice at Central West Orthopaedics & Sports Injuries (02) 8893-4900 (02) 8893-4900 or HSS Orthopaedics (02) 8711 0110 (02) 8711 0110.
What is osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It is caused by the breakdown of cartilage. Cartilage is the tough elastic material that covers and protects the ends of bones. Bits of cartilage may break off and cause pain and swelling in the joint between bones. This pain and swelling is called inflammation. Over time the cartilage may wear away entirely, and the bones will rub together. Osteoarthritis can affect any joint but usually affects hips, knees, hands and spine.
Will physical therapy be required after surgery?
Major surgery on a joint may take two or three hours in the operating room. Getting full range of motion, strength and flexibility back in that joint after surgery usually takes months. That's where pre-operative exercise and education and post-operative physiotherapy programs come in - to ensure you're physically and emotionally prepared for surgery, and to maximise your recovery after surgery. Together, such programs are among the most important determinants in the success of your surgery.
Do I need a doctor' s referral to make an appointment with Dr. Brighton?
As a Specialist clinic, patients need referral from their General Practitioner, family physician or other doctor to make an appointment with Dr. Brighton.