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How long does it take to get an appointment?

Generally appointments can be made within a 1-3 week period.

What do I need to bring to my consultation?

When you book your appointment we will send you a letter confiming the date and time. Enclosed with your letter will be a new patient form. Please fill this out and bring it to your appointment along with your GP referral and any Xrays you may have. Ben will need these for your consultation.

How long will the surgery take?

Heart Surgery approx. 3 hours. Lung surgery approx. 1- 3 hours.

How long will I be in hospital for?

The length of stay is different for every patient. The following is a guide only and it is recommended that you discuss your likely length of stay with Ben prior to your surgery.

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What do I need to take to hospital with me?

Click here for a guide of what to bring with you to hospital.

Do I need to stop any medications prior to surgery?

Click here for a full list medications.

What is the recovery period?

Major surgery takes 3 months minimum to recover fully but some people go back to light duties a little earlier. Minor lung surgery has a much quicker recovery time.

What are the risks?

As with all surgeries there are some risks involved. Ben will explain all possible risks and any possible side effects in detail at the time of your consultation.

How much will it cost?

Medicare and Private health funds pay a variable amount of the recommended charges for cardiothoracic surgery. At the time of consultation you will be advised if there are any out of pocket expenses.

Are all my medical records kept private and confidential?

Employment contracts bind all staff to privacy and confidentially of all medical records.

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