Patient Info

Welcome to Badran Neurosurgery website. We understand that you may have questions about neurosurgery, your condition, and the services we provide. We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions to address your concerns. If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our team is here to assist you. 

Frequently asked questions

  • What is Neurosurgery?

    Neurosurgery is a specialized medical field that focuses on the diagnosis and surgical treatment of disorders affecting the nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves.

  • When should I see a Neurosurgeon?

    You should consider seeing a neurosurgeon if you experience symptoms related to neurological issues, such as persistent headaches, back or neck pain, numbness, weakness, or changes in coordination.

  • What Services Does Dr Badran Offer?

    Dr Badran offers comprehensive neurosurgical services, including:

    • Degenerative spine conditions
    • Brain and spinal cord tumours
    • Cerebrovascular disorders (Aneurysms and AVMs)
    • Pituitary and endoscopic surgery
    • Peripheral nerve conditions
    • Cranial and spinal infection
    • Paediatric neurosurgery
    • Head and Spine Trauma
    • Epilepsy neurosurgery
    • Trigeminal neuralgia
    • Hydrocephalus
  • How Do I Schedule an Appointment?

    You can call our office at 03 9088 4949 or use the online appointment request form on here and we will get back to you.

  • Can I Request a Second Opinion?

    Absolutely. We understand the importance of seeking multiple perspectives on your condition. We are happy to provide second opinions and collaborate with your other healthcare providers.

  • Do I need a referral?

    Having a GP or specialist letter of referral is preferred as this will ensure that you receive a Medicare rebate for a portion of the consultation fee.

  • What is the wait time for an appointment?

    Most patients with non-urgent conditions can be seen within 4 weeks of their initial GP referral. This can drop to one week in urgent cases such as newly diagnosed brain tumours.

  • What to bring for my first appointment?
    • Referral letter
    • Previous operation reports (if applicable)
    • All x-rays / MRI / CT scans and reports
    • Medicare card / DVA card
    • Private health insurance card
    • Work Cover claim number and prior written approval
  • What if I am running late for my appointment?

    Please let us know as early as possible if you are running late so we can reschedule or adjust your appointment to suit your needs.

  • What if I Can’t attend the appointment?

    A reminder will be sent 48 hours prior to your appointment date. If you can no longer attend, please call the practice at your earliest convenience so we can book another patient who is in need.

  • Does Dr Badran do phone consultations or telehealth?

    Yes. Please contact the practice and we will make our best to arrange that.

  • Do you see uninsured patients?

    Yes, we do. Private health insurance is not essential for a consultation. If surgery is required, Medicare-eligible patients could still have it done through the public hospital system.

  • Do you treat adults and children?

    Yes, we treat both.

  • Do you see patients who speak other languages?

    We can assist patients and their families in English or Arabic should they prefer. Also, we can organize an interpreter for other languages.

  • Where are the consulting rooms located?
    Please see our various locations here.
  • Is there car parking on the premises?

    All the hospitals and consulting rooms have paid metered parking.

  • How Can I Prepare for Neurosurgery?

    Our team will guide you through the preparation process before your surgery. You may need to undergo certain tests, stop certain medications, or follow specific pre-operative instructions.

  • How long do I need to fast for surgery?

    Generally, fasting should commence 6 hours prior to surgery. This includes no food (including chewing gum, lollies and milk-based drinks). Water is safe until 2 hours prior to surgery. You will be contacted by the hospital or by one of our team a day prior to surgery to advise you about the exact fasting time.

  • Should I take my regular medications on the day of surgery?

    Most medications such as blood pressure control tablets, should still be taken as usual on the day of surgery with sips of water. However, some medications, such as blood sugar control or blood thinning medications, may be withheld prior to surgery. Please discuss that with Dr Badran at the pre-surgery consultation visit.

  • What happens during my hospital stay?

    You will either be admitted on the day prior to surgery, or early morning on the same day. You must fast for your operation starting around midnight the night before. When you arrive at the operating theatre, you will be greeted by the theatre staff. After making sure you are ready, the anaesthetist will put you to sleep. When you wake up from surgery, you will spend some time in the recovery room and then be escorted back to the general ward or the Critical Care Unit. That depends on the type of operation, your medical history and the special requirements you may need. This would also determine your hospital stay duration. You can have visitors later that day.

  • Are There Non-Surgical Treatment Options?

    In many cases, non-surgical treatments, such as medications, physical therapy, and pain management techniques, are considered before surgery. Our team will explore all available options before recommending surgery.

  • Where can I have my surgery done?
    You can have your surgery at any of the following hospitals:
    • Jessie McPherson Private Hospital.
    • Mulgrave Private Hospital.
    • Holmesglen Private Hospital.
    • Knox Private Hospital.
  • When can I drive after surgery?

    Multiple factors would contribute to the decision about your ability to drive following surgery. We have to consider your safety as well as the public’s.

    The duration of ‘no driving’ varies according to the type of surgery. For example, it is not recommended to drive after spinal surgery for at least two weeks. This might even be longer after brain surgery, which might be 3-12 months with a possibility of extension. Dr Badran will discuss this with you before your surgery.

  • Would I benefit from physiotherapy for my spine condition?

    Physiotherapy is generally beneficial for your spine health. It is recommended with or without surgery as it helps to strengthen your muscles. This can help in controlling your low back pain.

  • Will I be in pain when I go home after surgery?

    Most operations are associated with some degree of pain at the site of surgery. This varies from one patient to another, but it is our job to have it well controlled in the postoperative period. You may still have pain at the time of discharge, but we will make sure to send you home with the proper painkillers to keep it under control.

  • How much are the consultation fees?

    Please contact the practice for further information.

  • Surgery fees?

    The fees for surgery depend on your operation’s type and complexity. You will receive a quote and financial information before your operation is arranged. Your hospital admission and procedure fees depend on your private health insurance coverage.

  • What methods of payment do you accept?

    Credit card, EFTPOS, cash or bank transfer/ cheque

We hope these FAQs have been helpful. If you have any further questions or need additional information, please reach out to us. Our goal is to provide exceptional care and support throughout your neurosurgical journey.