Lions Gate Hospital is a high volume orthopedic trauma center and the surgeons prioritize patients according to the type of injury and the severity of that injury. Sometimes, patients may wait several days for surgery. The surgeons are aware of you and the short wait will not compromise your ultimate outcome. Learn more about Trauma Surgery.
There are 7 full time orthopedic surgeons at Lions Gate Hospital that provide trauma coverage. They all have extensive training in orthopedic trauma surgery and perform hundreds of trauma procedures a year. Due to the high volume of trauma surgery performed at Lions Gate Hospital there is a good chance that the surgeon you met prior to surgery will not be the surgeon performing surgery.
It is not uncommon to have to wait several days for surgery due to the prioritization necessary at a busy orthopedic trauma hospital. Your outcome will not be affected by this wait.
  • Each of the orthopedic surgeons at POSM run a cast clinic at Lions Gate Hospital every week. Your referral will be looked at by the surgeon on call when you hurt yourself and you will be seen within 1-10 days depending on the type of injury you have and the type of treatment that is anticipated.
  • POSM runs a weekly cast clinic at the Whistler Health Care Center on Saturdays. If this is more convenient for you please let the office know.
If you are an outpatient with a fracture, the operating room will call you after 8pm to provide you with the date and time of your surgery. You may have to come in early for blood work. In most cases, if you are at home prior to surgery, you will be discharged from the hospital on the same day. Typically, patients who are able to go home the day of surgery will be in hospital for a total of 4-8 hours. This can vary depending on the complexity of surgery, the patient’s medical problems and the response to anesthetic. You will need a friend or family member to drive you home. You cannot drive home or take a taxi.
If you are significantly concerned about your well-being you need to be assessed by a physician. If you feel it is an emergency you should present to your local emergency department. If your concern is less emergent then contact the office or your surgeon or go to your family physicians office.
Your orthopedic surgeon has a more comprehensive knowledge of musculoskeletal operative medicine. The surgeon will not recommend surgery if he believes that you will not benefit from an invasive procedure.
The specifics of each break (or fracture) are different and you should discuss them with your orthopedic surgeon. However, there are a few things that are known to negatively affect bone healing.
  • Unless you have been told differently DO NOT take anti-inflammatory drugs such as Advil, Ibuprofen, Naproxen, or Celebrex. They are known to slow healing and can cause bones to not heal in certain circumstances.
  • DO NOT smoke. Smoking is the most important contributor to bones not healing or taking a long time to heal.
  • DO make sure your diabetes is well controlled.
  • If you have a normal North American diet, no special supplements or special dietary changes are necessary to speed your healing.
  • Most importantly, please follow the directions of your orthopedic surgeon in order to maximize your healing response.
  • There are certain fractures and certain patients that may benefit from a special ultrasound machine that has been proven to speed bone healing. You can ask your POSM surgeon if you are a candidate for this treatment.