Frequently Asked Questions
For your initial consultation you should bring:
- Your Medicare card(if applicable)
- Your referral letter
- Copy of all imaging relevant to your complaint – including x-rays, CT, MRI etc
- List of all the medications you are currently taking
- List of your current medical problems
- For Veteran’s Affairs patients
- DVA card
- For Workcover patients
- Your claim number
It is essential to have all relevant x-rays/imaging available at your appointment. Most radiology providers in the greater Brisbane area allow online access to image results. Please advise our secretarial staff of the name of the company where you had your imaging done when booking your appointment (e.g Queensland X-ray, QScan, Queensland Diagnostic Imaging etc.) If we are unable to access your imaging online, you may be asked to bring hard copies of the films with you.
Dr Miller may recommend that you get some further imaging done prior to your appointment. If this is the case, an imaging request form will be sent to you and we will advise you of any requirements.
Yes, Dr Miller will provide a letter to your GP/referring physician after each appointment. This will outline his assessment and proposed plan.
Unfortunately Dr Miller is not currently able to see uninsured or self funding patients due to his longer than normal wait times.
We recommend discussing treatment options with your GP which may include readdressing your referral to a specialist in the public system for treatment.
If you and Dr Miller decide that surgery is required, you will be told how to prepare for the upcoming procedure.
Dr Miller and his team will go through the following in detail with you prior to your surgery but in general:
- No solid food or cloudy drinks within 6 hours of having the procedure
- In general, you can have clear fluids up to 2 hours before procedure – this includes water and clear apple juice (please confirm this with Dr Miller or his anaesthetist before the operation)
- Chewing gum is considered as food
- You should always aim to stop or reduce your smoking at least 2 weeks before the procedure
- Smoking increases the risk of complications such as wound complications, infection, non-union of the bone etc.
- Most medications can be continued up until the procedure
- You can take these with a sip of water up to 2 hours before the procedure
- If you are on blood thinning medication (e.g. Aspirin, Clopidogrel, Warfarin etc) please check with Dr Miller if this needs to be stopped before the procedure
- Please bring a list of your current medications with you when you have surgery
- If you have any concerns, please contact Dr Miller’s team.
Many procedures can be done as a day case and you can go home the same day as your procedure, however others require you to stay in overnight(s).
Please ensure someone is available to drive you home and stay with you overnight on the day you leave hospital. This is essential if you are going home the same day as the procedure.
You will have a post-operative appointment with Dr Miller approximately two weeks following your surgical date to review your wound and remove any sutures (if required). Please check your admission letter for details of this appointment.
If you require urgent care or review following your surgery, please contact Dr Miller’s office during work hours. Alternatively, if it is after hours, please attend your local GP (if open), the closest hospital emergency department or the emergency department of the hospital where you had your surgery.
If you decide to proceed with an operation, Dr Miller will provide a full quote for the procedure. You will also be required to sign an Informed Financial Consent form. Your Health Fund and Medicare will cover part of the surgical costs. In general, most operations incur an out of pocket cost.
In addition to Dr Miller’s fee, there may be a fee for his surgical assistant. This account is sent separately by the assistant after the surgery. Please note that most surgical procedures require the use of a surgical assistant.
There will also be an out of pocket for the anaesthetist. Dr Miller’s team will provide you with the contact details of the anaesthetist or anaesthetic group that he will be using for your operation. They will be able to provide you with the expected out of pocket anaesthetic expense for the operation.
Method of Payment:
We accept payment by Eftpos or Credit Card (Visa or Mastercard). You may also choose to pay surgery fees by direct deposit. Please contact our office for details if this is your preference. We do not accept Amex or Diners.