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Preparing for surgery

Before your surgery

When you are booked for surgery you are beginning your surgical journey with us and we will be with you each step of the way.

The consent form is also the admission form necessary for the hospital to arrange your admission. This is usually completed before you leave your appointment.

We will book the surgery.

You may also be asked to consider pre-surgery physiotherapy. See more here.
Photograph of Day Procedure Unit at Murdoch

Day Procedure Unit

If you are having joint replacement surgery you will also be given a body wash with instructions about using it the night before and the morning of your surgery. You will also be given a pack containing useful information about your surgery. Please take some time to read through this. Contact the office if you have any questions.

Your pack will also contain instructions for fasting and information about admission times.

Day patients and patients not having a joint replacement

Day patients and patients who are not having a joint replacement will be contacted by the hospital. If you are to have any investigations prior to surgery (blood tests or ECG) we will give instructions about these.

Patients having a joint replacement

If you are having joint replacement, you will first attend an appointment at the pre-admission clinic, usually in the week prior to your surgery. The receptionist from pre-assessment will call you to make this appointment which will either be in their clinic or a telephone interview.

In the pre-assessment clinic one of our highly skilled nurses will then meet with you to review your questionnaire and will then perform an examination. Depending on your age and medical conditions, investigations such as blood tests and an ECG may be ordered. This information, together with your referral letter, will be sent to your anaesthetist for review. The nurse will also give instructions about any special equipment that you will need to have ready when you return home after surgery.

Your surgeon may ask you to have pre-surgery physiotherapy and this can be done at the time of your pre-assessment.

Once surgery is booked we will only call if there are changes to the schedule.

The anaesthetists used by our surgeon will call you the night before surgery and discuss the procedure. In certain circumstances, they may arrange to see you in their clinic. Most of the anaesthetists used by Mr Witte do arrange a consultation prior to surgery.


All patients for surgery are now admitted through the day surgery unit, even if you are staying overnight or coming for joint replacement surgery. You will be transferred to a ward after your surgery.

For day procedures, please bring an overnight bag in case you need to stay the night. Do not bring any valuables or jewellery as there is limited place for safe storage whilst you are in theatre. Please remove nail varnish.
Surgicentre admission
Staff from Surgicentre will contact you 1–2 days prior to surgery. This is a day surgery unit, so you will need to arrange transport to return home following the procedure.

After surgery

Please ask nursing staff for wound instructions before you leave the ward. We will give instructions regarding your post-op follow up.

Following your surgery you will need to arrange transport as you will not be permitted to drive.

If you have had joint replacement surgery you will need to have someone at home for the first 48 hours after returning home.


We use physiotherapy services from the following providers for our inpatients.

You will be either contacted before your surgery or be visited by a physiotherapist after your joint replacement surgery.
Wexford Medical Centre
Photograph of Wexford Medical Centre, St John of God Hospital, Murdoch
Photograph of Southcare physiotherapy, St John of God Hospital, Murdoch
Southcare provide inpatient physiotheraphy services at St John of God Hospital, Murdoch.

Flex Physio at Murdoch also provide Physio for the upper limb patient.
Mount Medical Centre
Photograph of Mount Medical Centre, 146 Mounts Bay Road, Perth
Photograph of HFRC physiotherapy and exercise physiology services, Mount hospita
HFRC provide comprehensive physiotherapy and exercise physiology services during your stay at Mount hospital.

Pre-surgery physiotherapy

Pre-surgery physiotherapy can be beneficial to improve strength and stability around the joint. This can help to optimise your recovery from the surgery.

For day procedures and non-joint replacement procedures you may still benefit from physiotherapy. This will either have been discussed with you by your surgeon at the time of booking the surgery, or physiotherapy will be arranged at your first post-operative appointment.
More information from HFRC
Perioperative Rehabilitation by HFRC
Rehabilitation throughout your surgery will be provided by HFRC – a specialised allied health team consisting of Physiotherapists, Exercise Physiologists and Massage Therapists, with over 20 years of experience in orthopaedic rehabilitation before and after orthopaedic surgery, and clinical research.

Some of the key services we provide include:

  • Pre-surgery education and exercise rehabilitation, getting you mentally and physically prepared before surgery.

  • Inpatient care, involving carefully managed rehabilitation to have you ready to safely leave hospital and continue your recovery at home.

  • Outpatient care, comprising rehabilitation at our fully equipped, orthopaedic rehabilitation facility in Nedlands, or our comprehensive home-based rehabilitation service.
Photograph of senior man doing weight exercises
hotograph of woman on exercise machine
Further Information
Visit www.hfrc.com.au for more information about the services we offer or phone (08) 9386 9961, or email at contact@hfrc.com.au to speak with one of our team! HFRC are located at 117 Stirling Highway, Nedlands.
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Practice Head Office
Orthopaedics WAMurdoch
Suite 15, Wexford Medical Centre
St John of God Hospital Murdoch
3 Barry Marshall Parade
Murdoch WA 6150
Tel: (08) 9312 1135
Fax: (08) 9332 1187
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Orthopaedics WAPerth
Suite 51, Mount Medical Centre
146 Mounts Bay Road
Perth WA 6000
Tel: (08) 9312 1135
Fax: (08) 9332 1187
Email Us

Office Hours: 9am–5pm
Monday to Friday (closed public holidays)
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Photograph of Hydrotherapy pool

Hydrotherapy pool