At the initial consultation, a full history and examination will be undertaken. An x-ray will also be required. Patients are normally reviewed the same day after the x-ray. Consultations and X-rays normally take about 30 minutes each. The diagnosis can often be made at the first consultation. Some patients may require additional investigations.
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MEDICAL SCANS allow doctors to see inside your body. This painless procedure involves a combination of X-rays / magnetic fields and a computer to create images of your organs, bones, and other tissue. It shows far more detail than a regular X-ray.
Both MRI and CT scans provide diagnostic images of the inside of your body. They, however, accomplish this task in distinctly different ways.
MRI scan (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) allow doctors to see inside your body in great anatomical detail. It involves a combination of X-rays / magnetic fields and a computer to create images of your organs, bones, and other tissue. It shows far more detail than a regular X-ray. MRI is generally used to scan soft tissue.
CT or CAT scans (Computerised Tomography), combine data from several X-rays to produce detailed images of structures inside the body.
CT scans typically take diagnostic images more quickly compared to MRI. CT scan can usually be completed in less than 5 minutes, while MRI takes about of 30 minutes.
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An increasing number of patients are choosing to pay for their operations independently. The main advantages of this include greater flexibility in choosing the date of your operation. You will also be guaranteed of having the surgeon of your choice. Waiting times are also much lower in the private sector.
Another big advantage with inclusive care packages is that there are no hidden extras. The cost includes the operation, surgeons fees, hospital stay, physiotherapy etc. The package also includes one follow-up consultation.
If you feel that you are unable to pay for the consultation fees or investigations, please have a word with our secretary who may be able to offer some advice or make alternative arrangements for you.
As a general rule, it is possible to pay for a private operation either as an inclusive care package or as a self-funding package. Provided that your general health is good, inclusive care packages will normally be offered by the hospital.
With self-funding packages expenses are totaled up as treatment progresses. Should things for whatever unforeseen reason not go to initial plan, the final bill could in theory be greater than expected.
All prices are subject to change. Exact quotes given upon request.