We perform many types of orthopaedic (bone) surgeries in our clinic. Because we want to ensure that our patients receive the best possible outcome, we occasionally refer them to board-certified orthopaedic surgeons to perform back surgery and other very complex surgeries.
Cruciate ligament strains and tears are the most common orthopaedic problem presented at our clinic. These can occasionally be treated conservatively, although many require surgical repair. We do one of the types of surgical repair in our clinic, and we refer patients who are unsuitable for this surgery to a board-certified surgeon in Calgary. We also see patients with fractures, which can be treated in a variety of ways depending on the location and type of fracture. We can apply a cast to treat certain fractures; however, many fractures will require surgical intervention:
- “Pinning” stabilizes the fracture by inserting a long stainless steel rod into the middle of the bone across the fractured area.
- “Plating” involves attaching a flat stainless steel plate to the bone using screws on either side of the fracture. These are referred out for surgery.
- “External fixation” stabilizes fractures using a series of pins on the outside of the leg that pass through the skin and into the bone on either side of the fracture.