Medical Q&As

Orthopaedic surgery - waiting list?

How long is the waiting list to see an orthopaedic consultant. I have a medical card and would not be able to afford private treatment? Can one go to Europe if waiting too long?

If you use our waiting list calculator you will be able to establish the number of people waiting to see an orthopaedic surgeon in the various hospitals throughout the country. You will also be able to establish the likely length of time that you will be waiting. Several orthopaedic surgeons are not taking any additional GP referrals because their public waiting list is already extremely long. With regard to the second part of your question it is not possible to go to Europe for treatment because the waiting list is too long. There is a special scheme in existence that enables Irish people to avail of treatment in Europe that is not available to them in Ireland. This must be approved by the health board on the recommendation of a hospital specialist. It is not intended as an alternative route to treatment and cannot be used as a bypass because of delays within our system. You can read more about this issue on our site by following this link: