Frequently Asked Questions

Below we answer some of the commonly asked questions. If you would like additional information, please get in touch with us. 

  • You will need a referral from your GP / Specialist or the Emergency Department that you attended.
  • You will need to bring hard copies or electronic copies of any scans that have been taken. Please ensure any imagining is no greater than 3 months old.
  • Medicare / Private Health information.
  • Workcover / CTP claim details.
  • Medical History and list of medications taken.

Dr Cheriachan will undertake a detailed history of your condition, perform a thorough examination as well as review your scans.

If required, he may refer you to have more scans / tests to identify the exact problem.
He will then have a discussion with you regarding treatment options for your condition including surgical and non-surgical management and tailor this to your individual needs so you can achieve the best results for your recovery.

This will depend on whether it is your first-time seeing Dr Cheriachan or a follow up appointment and if your injury is associated with a WorkCover claim or a motor vehicle accident (CTP claim).

You can ring our office on 02 8711 0100 or email drdeepakcheriachan@gmail.com to discuss our fees.

We accept the following Payment Methods:

  • Cash
  • Credit Card –Visa, MasterCard, American Express & Diners Club
  • EFTPOS

Dr Cheriachan will provide you with detailed information about the surgery and what to expect afterwards. This includes information brochures so you can be better informed.

Dr Cheriachan has regular operating lists at Westmead Private Hospital and Lakeview Private Hospital.
For patients with private health insurance, Dr Cheriachan’s known gap is $500. Your surgery fee includes post op visits for the two months. There is also a gap for the Anaesthetist and Assistant Surgeon, Dr Cheriachan’s team can provide you with a more accurate estimate once the type of surgery required is determined. You will also need to pay your health fund excess (if applicable) on the day of your surgery directly to the hospital.
For patients who don’t have private health, Dr Cheriachan can place you on the waitlist for your surgery to be performed at Blacktown Mount Druitt Public Hospitals.

We have clinics in 2 convenient locations:

  • Orthopaedic Associates, Lakeview Private Hospital, Suite 1, Level 1, 17-19 Solent Circuit, Norwest NSW 2153

    *Paid parking available onsite.

  • Central West Orthopaedics, Suite 204, Level 2, 30 Campbell St, Blacktown NSW 2148.

    *Parking available at 5 Colo Lane (3 hours free).

Please call our office as soon as possible to make necessary changes.

For patients with private health insurance, Dr Cheriachan’s known gap is $500. Your surgery fee includes post op visits for the two months.

There is also a gap for the Anaesthetist and Assistant Surgeon, Dr Cheriachan’s team can provide you with a more accurate estimate once the type of surgery required is determined.

You will also need to pay your health fund excess (if applicable) on the day of your surgery directly to the hospital.

For patients who don’t have private health, Dr Cheriachan has Public Hospital appointments at Blacktown and Mount Druitt Hospitals, he can place you on the waitlist for your surgery to be performed there, fully covered by Medicare.
Most medications DO NOT need to be stopped. But it is best to discuss with Dr Cheriachan’s team prior to surgery.
This depends on the type of surgery. Some operations are day only, so you go home the same day. For some shoulder and elbow operations, you may need to stay one to two nights in hospital.
This depends on the type of surgery you have had. Generally speaking, if you are in a plaster or sling you will not be able to drive for 6 weeks. During your consultations prior to surgery, you will be provided with all the relevant information regarding your recovery guidelines, and you will have the opportunity to ask any specific questions you may have.
Your dressings often DON’T need to be changed until you see Dr Cheriachan.

You have several resources you can refer to:

  • Dr Cheriachan’s rooms – 02 8711 0100
  • The Emergency Department of the hospital where you had your operation
  • Your local Emergency Department
  • Your General Practitioner (GP)
This depends on the type of surgery you have had and your job requirements. You will be advised on what your recovery should look like during your pre-operative consultations. In most cases you will be able to return to work on light duties after two weeks.

Whilst the majority of people who undergo surgery do well and are very happy with their results, all surgical procedures have risks, no matter how big or small. The general risks of surgery include bleeding, infection of the wound, blood clots, slow healing (which often occurs in smokers and patients with diabetes), complications related to the anaesthesia or allergies to the anaesthetic agents and complications such as a heart attack, pulmonary embolism or stroke. These risks are low and mostly less than 5%. It is important to be aware of these risks before consenting to surgery.

We take the utmost precautions and care in order to minimise the risk of complications by giving you antibiotics at the time of surgery to reduce the risk of infection, giving you blood thinning medication to reduce the risk of blood clots and pulmonary embolism if you are going to be immobilised and having blood on standby if you are having a large operation where there is anticipated significant blood loss. You will also be assessed by an anaesthetist to assess your risk of other complications and may also require a review by a medical specialist. During your consultations, these risks will be discussed with you and if you have any queries or concerns Dr Cheriachan will take the time to discuss these with you.