Considering surgery for knee, shoulder, back, or other bone or joint injuries and conditions? A consultation with one of our experienced orthopedic surgeons is an important first step.
What does an orthopedic consultation involve?
A consultation with one of our orthopedic surgeons is a chance for patients to ask questions and raise concerns about their injury or pain, and to learn about what’s involved with orthopedic surgery. It’s also an opportunity for the surgeon to talk to you in detail about your symptoms, pain, medical history, and other relevant factors, as well as tell you about the surgery and the expected results.
What does an orthopedic surgeon specialize in?
Orthopedic surgeons focus on muscles, spine, bones, and joints. They are highly experienced, qualified specialists who are dedicated to eliminating pain and restoring normal function to the part of your body that requires surgery. Orthopedic surgeons commonly diagnose and treat fractures and dislocations, torn ligaments, pulled muscles, tendon injuries, slipped discs, and other bone and joint injuries.
Many of our orthopedic surgeons have chosen to complete additional training by attaining a fellowship to expand their knowledge and expertise in the treatment of specific body parts or conditions, ensuring patients receive the best possible advice and quality of care.
An orthopedic consultation is commonly recommended in cases of:
- Tendon and ligament tears
- Severe joint or muscle pain
- Bad back pain that makes standing up difficult
- Bone breaks and injuries
- Deformed joints
What does the orthopedic surgeon want to discuss?
During the consultation, the surgeon may want to discuss the following:
Your medical history and lifestyle
The surgeon will want to discuss your complete medical history. This may include:
- Any medications you take or have taken
- Any chronic or recurring health issues in addition to your neck or back problems
- Your general family medical history, including any history of similar problems
- Your lifestyle, such as whether or not you smoke and how active you are, as well as information relevant to your problem, including sports and fitness activities and what your work involves
The consultation lets the surgeon fully understand the extent of your shoulder, knee, foot, ankle, back, or other injury or pain. This information will help them recommend the most appropriate way forward. It may include:
- Your main symptoms and where they are, such as legs, arms, neck, back, hands, etc.
- How long you have been experiencing these symptoms, pains and how bad they are
- Any triggers, such as activities or body movements, that make symptoms worse
Pre- and post-orthopedic surgery care
The surgeon will give you information on what to do to prepare for surgery. You will also receive information on what happens after surgery, including the recovery period, how long you will stay in our hospital, and when you can expect to be able to resume work and other activities.
Potential risks and complications
The surgeon will also go through any potential risks or complications relevant to your medical history, lifestyle, and specific orthopedic surgery needs.
Why consult with an orthopedic surgeon?
Consulting with an orthopedic surgeon lets you better understand the nature of your bone or joint problems and what could be causing them, as well as what the surgery involves and why it might be required. From the surgeon’s perspective, they can better understand your needs and make sure you both have the same understanding of what’s involved and the potential outcomes, risks, and other factors.
Orthopedic consultation outcomes
The surgeon can offer a diagnosis during the consultation or refer you for further tests or scans. They can also recommend a course of treatment and recommended next steps, which may include a particular surgery.
Preparing for an orthopedic surgeon consultation
Before the consultation, we recommend that you gather together the information the surgeon might need, think about what you want to get out of the consultation, and prepare any questions.
The surgeon will want to collect basic personal information, including name, age, and health care number, as well as the name of your family doctor if you have one, or any other health professionals you are working with. This is in case they need to discuss the surgery.
Test and scan results
If you have had any scans, such as a CT Scan or MRI scan, the surgeon will want to review these if possible.
Questions to ask the orthopedic surgeon
Asking questions will help you understand what orthopedic surgery involves and helps the surgeon feel confident you know what to expect. These could include:
- Specific questions relating to the nature of your condition or injury.
- Whether or not surgery is needed.
- The potential consequences of not having the surgery.
- Any risks and whether they are worth it or not.
- Expectations around short-term and long-term outcomes.
Get an orthopedic consultation with Centric Health
Many men and women from across Canada and all over the world choose Centric Health Surgical Centres for orthopedic consultations. Our orthopedic surgeons have years of experience and excellence in surgery and specialist consultation. They are committed to helping you to understand your options and advising you on the best course of treatment. Combined with our patient-centred philosophy, we aim to provide all our patients with a compassionate, caring, and rewarding experience.
Next steps: Book your orthopedic consultation today
If you are ready to discuss your orthopedic surgery needs with our orthopedic surgeons, contact us to learn more and request an orthopedic consultation today.
Orthopedic Consultation: Doctors
- Dr. Dale V. Dantzer
- Dr. Sagar J. Desai
- Dr. Kevin Koo
- Dr. Warren Latham
- Dr. Khalid Ali Syed
- Dr. Ronald Vandersluis
- Dr. Paul Wong
- Dr. Rick Zarnett