Orthopaedic Services

Help for your aching joints, muscles and bones

Orthopedic.pngMarkham Stouffville Hospital (MSH) is a centre of excellence for all your orthopaedic needs. We can meet your cultural care requirements with our diverse staff and a full range of interpreter services.

Our excellent surgical team performs many different types of joint replacement surgeries. Whether you need knee surgery for a sports injury, or a hip replacement due to arthritis, we can provide the service you need to be active again. And if you are experiencing low back pain, our Interprofessional Spine Assessment and Education Clinic (ISAEC) can help get you back on track.

Here are some of the services we offer:

  • Treatment of shoulder and other sports injuries,
  • Treatment of fractures resulting from aging bones or trauma,
  • Hip and knee joint replacement through our Orthopaedic and Joint Assessment Centre (OJAC) Rapid Access Centre,
  • Direct anterior approach (DAA) and other muscle-sparing techniques for hip replacements,
  • Foot and ankle specialty surgery,
  • Minimally invasive surgical techniques,
  • Rapid low back pain assessment, education and self-management plans.

drstephen-title.png drkoo-title.pngOur surgical leads for hip, knee or spine surgery are Dr. Stephen McMahon and Dr. Kevin Koo.

We are proud to have the surgeon leads for both the musculoskeletal hip and knee, and the low back spine program for the region right here at Markham Stouffville Hospital



Why come to MSH?

Quick access to hip and knee replacement surgery
MSH has a centralized referral centre for hip and knee replacement surgery, allowing rapid access to consultation – within two weeks of receiving your referral. In fact, MSH has one of the shortest wait times for joint surgery in the province.

Our total joint replacement program for hips and knees is robust, and we use the latest technologically advanced joints for replacement. Depending on your situation, we can provide same-day surgery or a short stay, which allows you to recover faster in the comfort of your own home.

We focus your care around you. This means that for your particular surgery, we will aim to set up your assessment, anaesthetic and medical consults, education class, labs and imaging all in one day.

Our hip replacement surgeries are done in a way as to avoid cutting into key muscle groups in that area. These are called ‘muscle-sparing’ techniques and they allow for a more comfortable and quicker recovery. The muscle-sparing techniques we offer are called direct anterior approach (DAA) and direct superior approach (DSA) hip replacements.

When you undergo orthopaedic surgery at MSH, our patient navigator will support you and your family throughout your surgical journey including 90 days after surgery. Our surgical liaison nurse will guide you and your family through the surgical process on the day of your surgery by answering all your questions and providing updates to your family while you are in surgery. We also have detailed information you can read in the comfort of your own home to prepare for your surgical experience with us. Your care doesn’t end when your surgery is over - if needed, follow-up appointments in our Fracture Clinic or Surgical Wellness Clinic will be coordinated for you.


Rapid access to our spine assessment program for low back pain
We are pleased to be one of the first community hospitals in Ontario offering a centralized rapid access centre as part of an Integrated spine assessment and education centre (ISAEC) program. It is an exciting way forward for lower back care. If you participate in the program, you will be seen within four weeks after we receive your referral.

The program provides education and evidence-based self-management plans designed to help ease your chronic low back pain. We may suggest additional treatment options such as exercise or pain management therapies. If needed, the team will schedule appointments for spine specialists, book diagnostic imaging tests or a consultation with a surgeon.

Find out more:
Hip and knee replacement surgery
Interprofessional Spine Assessment and Education Clinic (ISAEC)

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