Dr David Graham operates privately at John Flynn Private Hospital, Tugan and now also at Pindara Private Hospital, Benowa on the Gold Coast
Prior to undergoing surgery, it is advisable to cease smoking as this inhibits wound healing, increases the risk of non union of fractures, and makes you more vulnerable to post-operative chest infections.
Some medications need to be ceased prior to surgery (specifically some blood thinning and some immunosuppressive medications).
Please check with Dr Graham / Gold Coast Centre for Bone and Joint Surgery at the time of consultation if you need to cease any of your medications prior to doing so.
If you are diabetic, you will need to carefully monitor your blood sugar levels when you are fasting. More information will be given to you from the Gold Coast Centre for Bone and Joint Surgery.
Driving in a cast or splint may place you in a precarious situation regarding your insurance status. If possible you may wish to consider arranging alternative transportation for the period you will be unable to drive yourself. You will also need an escort from the hospital post-operatively on the day of surgery (if it is day surgery).