What is an Orthopedic Surgeon?
An orthopedic surgeon is a physician who diagnoses, treats, prevents and rehabilitates injuries, disorders and diseases of the musculoskeletal system. This system includes bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves and tendons.
While orthopedic surgeons are familiar with all aspects of the musculoskeletal system, many specialize in treating a specific area of the body. They may treat the foot and ankle, hand, shoulder and elbow, spine, hip or knee.
Orthopedic Surgeons in the Sport Medicine Centre
To see an orthopedic surgeon, you will need a referral from your family doctor or a sport & exercise medicine physician.
Our areas of speciality are in:
- sport medicine
We are also involved in research initiatives within our respective specialty areas. It is a natural fit, as the Sport Medicine Centre is part of the University of Calgary. We also have access to on-site x-rays and a team of interdisciplinary team members such as sport & exercise medicine physicians, physiotherapists, massage therapists, athletic therapists, dietitians and more.
Please note: You will need a referral from your family doctor or a sport medicine physician to book an appointment.
An orthopedic surgeon treats many musculoskeletal conditions without surgery. We use medications, injections, exercise and other rehabilitative therapies. We may recommend surgery if the patient does not respond to other treatments.
First Appointment with a Surgeon
For your first visit to a surgeon, you will need to do the following:
Arrive 15 Minutes Early
Arrive 15 minutes early to fill out forms to help us understand your condition. Save time by completing the Patient Information Form and the Quality of Life Form online and bring them with you.
Bring Healthcare Card
Bring your Alberta Healthcare card.
Bring Shorts or a Sleeveless Shirt
Bring a pair of shorts for a lower body injury or a sleeveless shirt for an upper body injury.
Be prepared to answer questions about your condition and medical history for your surgeon.
Your first appointment will last about 1 hour.
What to Expect at your First Appointment
At your first appointment, you will undergo a physical exam by your surgeon. Your surgeon may review any imaging and/or laboratory work.
Once the assessment is complete, your surgeon will explain what is causing the problem and will discuss the best treatments options to suit your health and lifestyle. Your first appointment will last about 1 hour.
Payment and Benefits
All visits with an orthopedic surgeon are covered under Alberta Health (with a valid provincial health care number). There will be no cost to you.
Your surgeon may recommend a combination of treatment options. Some may not be covered under Alberta Health, but many health insurance plans and wellness programs provide coverage for recommended treatments.
Once we receive a referral, we will contact you to book an appointment.
Appointments available Monday to Friday, 8 am to 4 pm
For questions, or to cancel/reschedule an appointment, call 403-220-5077.
Please note: 24-hours’ notice is required to cancel or reschedule an appointment.