Orthopedic, sometimes spelled orthopaedic, surgery is surgery performed by a medical specialist, such as an orthopedist or orthopedic surgeon, trained to deal with problems that develop in the bones, joints, and ligaments of the human body.
Orthopedic surgery corrects problems that arise in the skeleton and its attachments: the ligaments and tendons. It may also deal with some problems of the nervous system, such as those that arise from injury of the spine. These problems can occur at birth, through injury, or as the result of aging. They may be acute, as in injury, or chronic, as in many aging-related problems.
Arthroscopic meniscal surgery
Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction
Carpal tunnel release
Trigger finger release
Rotator Cuff Tenodesis
For amounts of CAD 6,000 and less, we accept all forms of payment including credit card. The deadline for payment is one week before the date of surgery (for surgery) and, for minor interventions (such as gastroscopy), until the day before the procedure
Due to the unpredictable situation, health guidelines have recently been changed. As of January 2022, COVID-19 testing is again required for all patients and accompanying persons (hotel permits only), despite the number of vaccines received.
The COVID-19 test must be done within 3 days prior to the gastroscopy/surgery. If you plan to have the gastroscopy done through the Michel Gagner Clinic, you must, therefore have a second COVID-19 test before the surgery. A test done outside of the required time frame will not be accepted. In addition, the test must be a PCR test (nasopharyngeal or by gargle). Rapid tests are not accepted.
If you are traveling by plane or train to Montreal, the COVID-19 test must be completed upon arrival at your destination. Please plan for this additional time when planning your trip.
You have the option of completing the test at the operating room (at a cost of $200) or at the public system testing clinics. If you are interested in completing the test with us, please notify the clinic to arrange an appointment. If you are planning to do the test on your own, either privately or in the public system, please inquire about the time frame for obtaining the results as you will be responsible for sending us the results before the day of your surgery.
Pain is a normal part of the healing process. Your surgeon will prescribe pain medications, usually anti-inflammatories, acetaminophen, and possibly a short course of narcotics. Your surgeon may also recommend ice or cooling packs.
Depending on the procedure, your surgeon will likely recommend that you wear a shoulder brace. This can be removed usually after two weeks, at which point you may begin range of motion exercises as part of a physical therapy program.
Your shoulder will likely be swollen for a week or two as part of the healing process and due to the water injected in the shoulder during the procedure. If you notice new swelling, redness or discharge at the wounds, or if you develop a fever, you should seek immediate medical attention.
If you live more than 2 hours away from Montreal, unless otherwise advised, we recommend that you stay in the region for a total of 5 days, including the 48-hour stay under our charge.
If you are following a physical therapy program, continue to perform your daily exercises unless your surgeon specifically recommends against it.
If you smoke, you should consider quitting prior to your surgery. Along with all the other health risks that you could avoid, smoking increases healing time and risk of infection after surgery.
Ensure that you have adequate help at home to meet your daily personal needs after your surgery. Consider having pre-cooked meals or planning a meal delivery service if you live alone. You will also be unable to drive, so it is important to ensure you have a plan for transportation to your various appointments.
Your questions and concerns have most likely been asked and answered in our support group. We provide you with reliable patient education and resources to help ensure a smooth recovery.
Did you know we have a bariatric support group? Moderated by our dietitian's, nurses, and staff. We provide you with reliable patient education and resources to help you throughout this life-changing process.