The Mater Hospital –
Australia’s only ISOC Member

Located in North Sydney for over 100 years, the Mater Hospital has developed a strong reputation as a leading private healthcare provider.

Australia’s only member of the International Society of Orthopaedic Centers, and home to some of the country’s most well-known orthopaedic surgeons, the Mater is a 233-bed hospital with patient wellbeing and comfort at its core.

As a facility of St Vincent’s Health Australia, the Mater delivers an outstanding standard of care for patients and the wider community.

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Our Available Treatments

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Knee replacement

What is a knee replacement?

Also known as a knee arthroplasty, the purpose of a knee replacement is to relieve pain and restore functionality to a severely damaged joint. To achieve this, a surgeon will remove damaged bone and cartilage within the joint and replace this area with an artificial joint (prosthesis) made of different metals and high-grade plastics.

What are the benefits?

For those who have been suffering from chronic knee pain and mobility issues, having a knee replacement may allow you to resume a more normal, comfortable lifestyle and engage in activities that you have been missing. It is important to note however that outcomes do vary depending on the patient and their condition, so it is best to speak with a surgeon about what you can expect.

How do I know if it is right for me?

To determine whether a knee replacement is necessary, one of our experienced surgeons will look at your knee’s range of motion, stability and strength while also reviewing X-rays and other scans to get a better idea of the level of damage. Symptoms that indicate it may be necessary include (but not limited to) persistent pain, decreased mobility, stiff and swollen joint and aching after exercise.

What is the expected recovery time?

Recovery time will also vary by patient and their condition, however typically one can expect to commence limited walking independently (without the use of walking aids) after 6 weeks with

further activity introduced from the 3-6 month mark as you gradually work towards a full recovery. For more detail, please see our FAQs below.

What is the rehabilitation journey like?

As a Mater Hospital patient you will have a range of rehabilitation options. These include: Rehab at home, outpatient rehab or for those that don’t meet the criteria for these, inpatient rehab. We also offer a “prehabilitation” service from the Mater Continuous Care Team to ensure you have the support you require during the early stages of your joint replacement journey. For more information, please refer to our FAQs below.

Learn more - book a consultation.

The best way to find out if a knee replacement is right for you is by booking a consultation with one of our experienced orthopaedic surgeons. Search below to find the one that suits you.

Hip replacement

What is a hip replacement?

Also known as a hip arthroplasty, the purpose of a hip replacement is to relieve pain and restore functionality to a severely damaged joint. To achieve this, a surgeon will remove damaged bone and cartilage within the joint and replace this area with an artificial joint (prosthesis) made of different metals and high-grade plastics.

What are the benefits?

For those who have been suffering from chronic hip pain and mobility issues, having a hip replacement may provide improved strength and movement to your torso and leg, allowing you to resume a more normal, comfortable lifestyle and engage in activities that you have been missing. It is important to note however that outcomes do vary depending on the patient and their condition, so it is best to speak with a surgeon about what you can expect.

How do I know if it is right for me?

To determine whether a hip replacement is necessary, one of our experienced surgeons will look at your hip’s range of motion, stability and strength while also reviewing X-rays and other scans to get a better idea of the level of damage. Symptoms that indicate it may be necessary include (but not limited to) persistent pain, decreased mobility, stiff and swollen joint and aching after exercise.

What is the expected recovery time?

Recovery time will also vary by patient and their condition, however typically one can expect to commence limited walking independently (without the use of walking aids) after 6 weeks with further activity introduced from the 3-6 month mark as you gradually work towards a full recovery. For more detail, please see our FAQs below.

What is the rehabilitation journey like?

As a Mater Hospital patient you will have a range of rehabilitation options. These include: Rehab at home, outpatient rehab or for those that don’t meet the criteria for these, inpatient rehab. We also offer a “prehabilitation” service from the Mater Continuous Care Team to ensure you have the support you require during the early stages of your joint replacement journey. For more information, please refer to our FAQs below.

Learn more - book a consultation.

The best way to find out if a knee replacement is right for you is by booking a consultation with one of our experienced orthopaedic surgeons. Search below to find the one that suits you

Mater Continuous Care Team

Made up of highly experienced orthopaedic nurses and physiotherapists, the MCCT was established to further enhance the Mater Hospital’s focus on care throughout the entire joint replacement journey.

The team will support you during the pre-operative stage via phone calls to assist in your preparation for surgery, while also providing support for a further 2 weeks following surgery for those who discharge directly home.

This service is included for all Mater Hospital knee and hip replacement patients. For more information, request our information booklets below.

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Leading Orthopaedic Surgeons

Use the below fields to find the doctor suited to your needs and location.

Name Suburb Phone Website
  A/Prof David Parker  
  A/Prof Justin Roe  
  Dr Alexander Nicholls  
  Dr Benjamin Gooden  
  Dr Bernard Zicat  
  Dr Brett Fritsch  
  Dr Chris Roberts  
  Dr Constantine M. Glezos  
  Dr David Carmody  
  Dr David Dickison  
  Dr David Wood  
  Dr Gavin Soo  
  Dr Greggory Burrow  
  Dr Julian Yu  
  Dr Malcolm Glase  
  Dr Matthew Lyons  
  Dr Michael O'Sullivan  
  Dr Michael Solomon  
  Dr Myles Coolican  
  Dr Paul Thornton-Bott  
  Dr Phil Huang  
  Dr Robert Sew Hoy  
  Dr Sam Chia  
  Dr Timothy Musgrove  
  Dr Timothy Yeoh  
  Prof Leo Pinczewski AM  
  Prof William L. Walter  

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I pay for my surgery?

Typically, patients will pay for their surgery through their private health insurance. We would advise that you contact your insurer to find out if you are covered or not. If you do not have private health insurance, you can also look to self-fund your surgery out of your own savings.

What will my health insurance cover?

Everyone’s health insurance is different based on the insurer and also level of cover. We would suggest contacting your insurer and providing them with the relevant item number found below to find out what you are covered for:

  • 49318: Hip replacement
  • 49518: Knee replacement

Please note this coverage is just for the joint replacement only.

What are the rehabilitation options?

As a knee or hip replacement patient, the Mater Continuous Care Team will help you choose from a range of rehab options to ensure you select the one that best suits your needs. These options include:

  • Rehab in the home: This option includes visits once or twice-weekly for approximately 4-6 weeks following surgery, allowing you to receive care in the comfort, safety and convenience of your own home.
  • ‘Day Therapy’ at your local private hospital: Usually involves your attendance twice-weekly at a gym alongside other orthopaedic patients for approximately the first 6 weeks following surgery. A Rehabilitation Physician and Nurse will usually oversee your pain management and wound care.
  • Rehab at your local Private Physiotherapy Practice: This will incur an out-of-pocket expense, however will allow you to have one-to-one sessions with a private physio.
  • Home exercise program: Some patients choose to return home with no formal Physiotherapy and continue independently with a set exercise program provided during their stay at the Mater.
  • Inpatient Rehab: For those who not meet the criteria to discharge directly home, the MCCT will be able to discuss your discharge to an Orthopaedic rehab facility of your choice. This could be either another rehabilitation hospital or here at the Mater Hospital. The clinical treating team assess each patient on a case-by-case basis to determine who is eligible to discharge home or who is required for inpatient rehab.

Please note, we suggest contacting your private health insurance to understand the level of cover you can expect to receive for each option.

What does the MCCT provide?

As a leader in orthopaedic joint replacement surgery, the Mater hospital strives to provide our patients with excellent care for their entire joint replacement journey. To continue to provide this high standard of care, the Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Services Department has established the Mater Continuous Care Team (MCCT) to improve your patient experience and our service excellence.

The MCCT is made up of both highly experienced orthopaedic nurses and physiotherapists and has been established to educate, prepare and support all hip and knee joint replacement patients. The team will support you during the pre-operative stage through telephone calls to assist you in preparing for your surgery. For those patients who discharge directly home, the MCCT will visit you during your hospital stay. They will then support you for 2 weeks following discharge via telephone calls, with the aim to ensure a smooth transition for you from hospital to home.

The concept is based on evidence that supports pre-operative education, pre-habilitation and post-discharge phone calls in ensuring a positive outcome for patients, and a decrease in adverse events.

For more information and to request MCCT information guides, click here.

What is involved pre-surgery?

Planning for your discharge home starts the moment you decide to have your knee replacement surgery. One of the first things you need to do is discuss with your friends or family members who will be able to pick you up and assist with your care when you are discharged home from hospital.

Other tasks to consider prior to your surgery, are:

  • Completing your ‘e-admission’
  • Practicing exercises that you will complete regularly post-surgery. These can be found in the joint replacement journey guides. Request a copy here (hyperlink to request form)
  • Book and attend your pre-admission consultation, to discuss your current health and prepare you for surgery.
  • Complete any required blood tests, scans, ECG’s as per your surgeon or specialist recommendations
  • Prepare your home for your return from hospital including;
    • Clearing the area to make it safe for moving around with crutches
    • Considering online shopping delivery or freezing meals for your return home.
  • Hire or purchase any necessary equipment you might need such as;
    • Crutches
    • Aids for around the home or your bathroom
    • Suitable shoes and compression socks

How long is the recovery time?

Recovery time is gradual and will vary from patient to patient. Generally, patients can expect a full recovery within 6-12 months of having the surgery, with a return to many hobbies and activities from approximately 3 months following surgery and walking independently as early as 6 weeks.

For further information regarding your recovery, request the MCCT information guides here (link to booklet request form).

Is there WiFi at the Mater?

Yes. The Mater Hospital offers free WiFi for all patients to use.

I don’t live in Sydney, can I still have my surgery done at the Mater?

Yes. We accept patients from across Australia and can suggest some convenient accommodation options for any loved ones who decide to travel with you.

Do the surgeons all cost the same?

No. While each surgeon has a similar fee structure, the costs do differ based on the surgeon you choose. We suggest chatting to your surgeon at your initial consultation regarding costs involved, as they will ensure you have an informed financial understanding before proceeding with surgery.

Does the MCCT cost extra?

No. The Mater Continuous Care Team is a free service provided to all Mater Hospital hip and knee replacement patients.

Do I need a GP referral to see a Surgeon?

No. However, if you want a Medicare rebate for your consultation, you will require a GP referral.

Does the Mater Hospital do double (bilateral) joint replacements?

Yes. At the Mater our surgeons complete a large number of bilateral joint replacements, meaning for most cases, these patients will only need to come in for surgery once. Speak with your surgeon if you are considering having a double (bilateral) joint replacement.