General Anaesthetic (GA)

Surgery Time

  • The hospital will advise you 1-2 days before your surgery of the exact time of your admission on the day of surgery.
  • Unfortunately we cannot guarantee an exact surgical time and a short wait may be required prior to you surgery time.

Admission Forms

  • Hospital admission forms are required by all private hospitals.
  • Mr Badcock will usually provide you with these forms at your consultation.
  • It is important that you complete these forms and post them to the hospital as soon as possible.
  • If you have not yet received these forms or have changed your booking, please telephone Mr Badcock’s rooms on (03) 9596 0299.

Fasting

It is important to follow these rules for eating and drinking on the day of surgery.

Morning surgery:

  • Nothing to eat or drink from midnight the night before surgery.
  • You may have a sip of water (5-10mL) to take any of your usual medications.

Afternoon surgery:

  • A light breakfast (tea and toast) may be taken before 7am.
  • After 7am, you should have nothing to eat or drink.
  • You may have a sip of water (5-10mL) to take any of your usual medications.

Your Usual Medications

  • Please continue to take all of your current medications as usual.
  • Diabetic patients will receive specific instructions from Mr Badcock.
  • If you have any questions, please telephone Mr Badcock’s rooms on (03) 9596 0299.

Your Recovery

  • The length of your recovery and the level of discomfort you experience will vary with the type of surgery you have and your body’s individual healing response.
  • Most people can expect to be quite tired after surgery, and to require strong pain-relief medication for 4-5 days.
  • Should you require a medical certificate for time off work, please telephone Mr Badcock’s rooms on (03) 9596 0299.

Fees

Hospital Fees:

  • There is a fee for surgery in a private hospital. Your private health insurance should cover a significant portion of these fees. However, you may still have ‘out-of-pocket’ expenses or a ‘gap’ in fees to cover.
  • These will need to be paid on admission to the hospital on the day of surgery.
  • You may contact your health fund and the hospital to find out exactly how much you will be expected to pay on the day.
  • Medicare will contribute nothing to this cost.

Anaesthetic Fees:

  • A specialist anaesthetist will administer the anaesthetic which will put you to sleep on the day of surgery.
  • This doctor will send you an account in the mail or may require pre payment.
  • You can receive a rebate from medicare or your private insurance on the costs of treatment by this doctor.

Surgical Fees:

  • Mr Badcock’s fees need to be paid prior to the day of surgery.
  • Cash, Credit Card and Eftpos are all accepted.
  • An itemised receipt will be issued on the day of surgery and posted to you. This will allow any rebates available to you to be claimed from Medicare or your Health Fund depending on the procedure.