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photodune-218774-ballerinas-foot-dancing-at-ballet-bar-mFrequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

About making appointments

Does Dr Won see public patients?

Do you have a waiting or cancellation list?

How do I get an earlier appointment?

About recovery after an operation

How much time off after surgery do I need?

Can I drive after my surgery?

About our fees

What is your consultation fee and Medicare rebate?

Do you have discounted rates for pensioners?

Do I have to have private health insurance to have an operation done at a private hospital?

What other charges can I expect to incur with surgery?

About foot and ankle surgery

What is the difference between a podiatrist and a foot & ankle orthopaedic specialist?

Is Dr Won a foot & ankle orthopaedic specialist?


Does Dr Won see public patients?

Yes, Dr Won provides consultations to public patients in his rooms at standard rates. He currently has an appointment at The Tweed Hospital, where he performs operations and attends the Fracture Clinic.

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Do you have a waiting or cancellation list?

Yes we do. Please contact our reception staff if you would like to be added to this list.

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How do I get an earlier appointment?

If you feel that your matter is urgent and you need an earlier appointment, please ask your GP to fax us a detailed referral letter stating reasons for the urgency and any supporting documents, and we will seek approval to expedite your appointment on a case by case basis. Please note that this is not always possible, as allocation is subject to clinical urgency criteria being met, and only a limited number of urgent appointments are available each week.

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How much time off after surgery do I need?

Recovery time varies from person to person, depending on your health status, the injuries and/or operation(s) that you had, and the nature of your work or activities. As a ballpark figure, recovery to basic functions take approximately 2-4 weeks for minor operations, 6-10 weeks for fractures, and 3-6 months for a major operation. This may take longer in some cases, especially for certain foot & ankle operations. Your individual recovery, however, will be guided by Dr Won according to your progress following your surgery.

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Can I drive after my surgery?

You may not be able to drive for at least 6 weeks following surgery on your lower limb if you have a manual vehicle. If you have an automatic vehicle, you may not be able to drive for 6 weeks if your surgery was on the right lower limb. However if the surgery was on your left lower limb, you may be able to drive, subject to clinical approval.

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What is your consultation fee and Medicare rebate?

Our staff will inform you of your consultation fee and Medicare rebate when you book your appointment.

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Do you have discounted rates for pensioners?

Yes, we offer discount on consultation fees for Centrelink Pension (blue) valid card holders. Please obtain the consultation fees at the time of booking your appointment.

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Do I have to have private health insurance to have an operation done at a private hospital?

No, you do not have to have private health insurance. You can opt to be a ‘self-funded’ patient, but you will be responsible for paying all fees associated with your surgery, which includes, but is not limited to: surgeon’s fee, the hospital, anaesthetic and implant companies fees – please see “Info for Patients”.

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What other charges can I expect to incur with surgery?

There are many people that may be involved in conducting your surgery – these include, but are not limited to: a surgical assistant, an anaesthetist, radiology, pathology, pharmacy, and the hospital. You may receive an account from any of these organisations, amongst others.

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What is the difference between a podiatrist and a foot & ankle orthopaedic surgeon?

In Australia, podiatrists are allied health professionals who assist in assessment and management of foot problems. In general they can perform minor procedures involving skin and nail conditions, and some experienced podiatrists who deal with diabetic foot conditions may also perform bony debridement under pressure areas. A podiatrist may give advice on foot and ankle exercises, cushions, paddings and orthotics, both off-the-shelf and custom fit, and advice on shoewear.

On the other hand, a foot & ankle-trained orthopaedic surgeon can assess and manage complex foot problems, diagnose causes of deformities, and prescribe medical treatment. The surgeon can operate on bones, tendons, ligaments, soft tissues, and can change the structure of the foot. A surgeon who is recognised by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons is a fully qualified medical practitioner (ie. medical doctor) who has undertaken further training in surgery and achieved the specialist standards accepted by the Australian medical and general community. They have the capacity to admit patients to a hospital for inpatient treatment as well as manage any potential complications before, during and after surgery.

When deciding to have an operation on your foot, it is important to verify that the person performing your surgery is appropriately trained, recognised and accredited to perform the procedure.

It is important to note that podiatrists in the USA have very different training to those in Australia, therefore information available on the internet regarding the range of surgical procedures performed by podiatrists in the USA may not reflect those in Australia.

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Is Dr Won a foot & ankle orthopaedic specialist?

Yes, Dr Won is a foot & ankle orthopaedic surgeon. He obtained his general orthopaedic specialty qualifications in Australia then did further sub-specialty training in foot & ankle surgery during his fellowship in the USA.


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