Frequently Asked Questions
What do I need to bring for my appointment?
You will need to bring: your referral, any scans (i.e. x-rays, Ct scans, ultrasounds or MRIs) concerning the affected area and any relevant information from previous doctors or allied health professionals.
Why do I need a referral?
You will need to bring a current referral to enable your consultation fee to be claimed through Medicare. This is a strict requirement of Medicare and consequently your health fund or insurer. Medicare specifies that a referral from a General Practitioner covers your visits for 12 months and a referral from a specialist doctor lasts for 3 months.
A referral is also essential for Dr Cutbush as it provides important details about your present problem as well as important information regarding your medical history.
What should I wear?
Dr Cutbush will need to examine the area of your body you are seeing him for. For example if you are female and seeing Dr Cutbush for your shoulder please wear something such as a sleeveless shirt or a singlet under your shirt.
Do I need an MRI?
When you book your appointment if you believe you need further investigations such as an MRI mention this to the reception staff. Particularly if you live outside of Brisbane, as many of our patients do, please keep in mind that it is usually not possible to easily book an MRI at short notice. It may take a week or two to arrange an MRI or other significant investigations.
Consequently if you feel that this may be an issue for you mention it to the reception staff. They will ask you to send in your referral and the written reports from any previous scans. Dr Cutbush will then be able to review these documents and determine if further investigations are likely to be required prior to your initial visit and bookings can be arranged for these investigations.
Do I need surgery?
You will need to see Dr Cutbush for an initial consultation before surgery can be organised. Should Dr Cutbush advise you during your consultation that you will need surgery, a date and a quote can be given to you at the time of your consultation.
Do I need an X-ray before my appointment?
A common question that is asked by people is whether they need an X-ray prior to their follow up appointment.
Despite the advance of MRI and CT imaging X-ray remains a very important investigations for patients with orthopaedic conditions.
As a general rule if you have had a fracture that is being treated either by surgery or by immobilisation an X-ray will be helpful in monitoring your progress. If you are unsure please contact my office, as it is possible for you to have the X-ray before you come in or have a booking made for the X-ray immediately prior to your appointment.
How much will my appointment cost?
Your initial consultation will cost $180.00 and your subsequent consultation will cost $85.00. Please be aware that sometime extra fees may be charged (e.g. if an injection is needed or if a cast is needed)
What hospital does Dr Cutbush operate at?
Dr Cutbush operates at the Brisbane Private Hospital.
What days does Dr Cutbush operate on?
Dr Cutbush operates on a Monday and Wednesday. Times will vary and this can be discussed with the staff when you schedule your surgery. Please be aware that on some occasions he may be unavailable.
What days does Dr Cutbush consult on?
Dr Cutbush consults on a Tuesday and Thursday. Please be aware that on some occasions he may be unavailable.
How do I know what time to arrive for my scheduled surgery?
Initially you will be given an admission time of 6:30am. You will be asked to ring Dr Cutbush's office once the list has been finalised on the day prior to surgery. We will then be able to give you an admission time closer to the actual time of your operation.
We try to reduce the time spent waiting at the hospital, however, please remember this is a surgical procedure and there will be some waiting time involved prior to the operation.
How long will my Day Surgery operation take?
Most day surgery patients are advised to expect to spend about half a day at the hospital.
What if I am having a steroid injection?
Please see our procedure information sheet on steroid injections.