How can I see Mr Banim?
Mr Banim can either be seen privately, or on the NHS in Chester.
To make a private appointment, please ring the Grosvenor Nuffield Hospital appointments number, and ask to be seen by Mr Banim. You will require a referral, either from your GP, or another medical professional.
It is possible to see Mr Banim on the NHS, either at Countess of Chester NHS Hospital, or at the Grosvenor Nuffield Hospital.
As part of 'Choose and Book', it is possible to have your treatment at the Grosvenor Nuffield Hospital, and by choosing to see an orthopaedic surgeon on either a Monday evening or a Wednesday or Friday morning, it is probable that your appointment would be with Mr Banim. However, it is not possible to guarantee who you will see within the NHS system.
How much does it cost?
A private consultation with Mr Banim costs £200 for the first visit, and further visits cost £130 each time.
Any tests or X-rays that are requested will be billed for separately by the Grosvenor Nuffield Hospital, and those charges can be requested from the hospital.
If you require an operation and do not have insurance, a fixed price package is also available from the hospital. This will include the fee for Mr Banim and for the anaethetist, as well as the hospital costs. The hospital also offers a price guarantee.
Mr Banim tries to keep his fees within insurance company recommended levels, but please check with your insurer if you are concerned.
What is the code for my operation?
Most insurance companies wish to know the type of operation that is planned. Below are listed some of the most common procedures that Mr Banim performs:
|Total knee replacement||W4210|
|Partial/ Unicompartmental knee replacement||W5200|
|Knee arthroscopy procedure||W8500|
|Total hip replacement||W3710|
|Hip arthroscopy debridement||W8620|
|Hip arthroscopy for impingement||W1380|
Mr Banim works with anaesthetists who are also recognised by the major insurance companies, including Dr John Jerstice and Chester Anaesthetics.
When can I fly?
After major surgery, flying should be delayed in order to reduce the risks of developing a blood clot, known as a DVT. The length of delay depends both on the type of surgery that has been performed, and also the length of the flight. Further information can be found on the Department of Health website.
General advice is that you should not fly long haul within 3 months of hip or knee replacement surgery, but it is usually safer to fly short haul, ie less than 4hours after shorter surgery such as a knee arthroscopy. However if you are worried, you should discuss your condition with your doctor, and even for fit people travelling short distances there is always a risk of developing a blood clot.
When can I drive?
The following has been taken from the DVLA website.
"Drivers do not need to notify DVLA unless the medical conditions likely to affect safe driving persist for longer than 3 months after the date of surgery...
Any decision regarding returning to driving must take into account several issues. These include recovery from the surgical procedure, recovery from anasthesia, the distracting effect of pain, impairment due to analgesics (sedation and cognitive impairment), as well asany physical restrictions due to the surgery, underlying condition, or other co-morbid conditions.
It is the responsibility of the driver to ensure that he/she is in control of the vehicle at all times and to be able to demonstrate that is so, if stopped by the police. Drivers should check their insurance policy before returning to drive after surgery"
In general, most patient return to driving 6 weeks after joint replacement, and within 1 week of a knee arthroscopy.