Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedic surgery focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of diseases of the bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, tendons and nerves. These specialists may use medical, physical, rehabilitative and/or surgical methods to restore or improve function. Orthopedic physicians treat diseases and conditions, such as:
  • Fractures and dislocations
  • Torn ligaments, sprains and strains
  • Tendon injuries, pulled muscles and bursitis
  • Ruptured discs, sciatica, lower back pain and scoliosis
  • Abnormalities of the fingers and toes and other growth abnormalities
  • Surgical management of degenerative joint disease (e.g. osteoarthritis)
  • Knock knees, bow legs, bunions and hammer toes
  • Arthritis and osteoporosis
  • Bone tumors, muscular dystrophy and cerebral palsy
  • Club feet and unequal leg length
During your appointment you may be seen by a number of health professionals:
  • An orthopedic physician will look at your x-ray (if you had one), check the status of our condition or injury and answer any questions you may have. Please bring a list of those questions with you to your appointment.
  • An orthopedic resident, a doctor who is in training to be an orthopedic specialist, may also be involved in your care.
  • Nurses will assess your pain level, find out how you are managing at home, help with any procedures you are having and help organize the care you will receive.
  • An orthopedic technologist may look after things like making, repairing and removing your cast, fitting your brace and removing stitches and staples.
  • A physiotherapist or physiotherapy assistant may work with you to assess and improve your mobility.
  • An occupational therapist may see you for a special brace, exercises or home adaptations if you doctor feels this is necessary.
  • A clinic aide may help you to an exam room where you will be seen by your doctor or other health care professional. The clinic aide will make sure that all the necessary information your doctor or health care professional may need is available to review.
  • Clerical staff will process your paperwork when you let them know you have arrived and will book another appointment for you if needed.

Location, hours and contact information 

Orthopedic Assessment Clinic
Halifax Infirmary, 4th Floor, Room 4426
Tel: 902-473-1501 or 1-877-334-3036
Fax: 902-425-2725 or 1-877-334-3039
Monday to Friday: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. (by appointment)

Orthopedic Assessment Clinic (OAC) 
Tel: 902-563-8512
Fax: 902-563-8572
Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Orthopedic Assessment Clinic (OAC) 

Tel: 902-563-8512
Fax: 902-563-8572
Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Orthopedic Clinic
Halifax Infirmary, 4th Floor

Tel: 902-473-4166
Fax: 902-425-2725
Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Prehabilitation Clinic Inverness
Tel: 902-563-8512
Fax: 902-563-8572
Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Prehabilitation Clinic Membertou
Tel: 902-563-8513
Fax: 902-563-8572

How do I access this program/service?

Cape Breton, Guysborough, Antigonish 

Contact the facility in your area for more information.

Halifax Area, Eastern Shore, West Hants

The Orthopedic Assessment Clinic (OAC) acts as the central referral location for all patients needing orthopaedic assessment or consultation.

  • Patients needing potential hip or knee joint arthroplasty or spine surgery:
The Orthopedic Assessment Clinic (OAC) is the clinic that will assess patients referred for potential joint arthroplasty or spine surgery. The referral form has been modified to allow all family physicians the ability to indicate preferred surgeon or to choose “next available” for arthroplasty or spine care consultations. Not all patients seen in this clinic will need surgery.
  • Non-urgent referrals are to be directed to the OAC and not individual orthopedic surgeons
  • Patient assessment is done by a case manager before the patient sees a surgeon
  • Referrals are streamlined to maintain acceptable wait times for surgery
  • If surgery is not required other treatment options are available
  • Patients medical and physically fit will receive surgery if required
  • Patients not medically and/or physically fit will work with a health team before surgery.
  • Patients needing orthopedic consultation for all other conditions (i.e. not hip/knee arthroplasty or spine surgery)
    At this time, all other non-urgent referrals for orthopaedic care will be seen in the individual surgeon’s office. Please indicate surgeon preference. This will assist the orthopedic assessment clinic in directing the referral to the designated surgeon’s office. 


New Provincial form for all hip and knee joint replacement referrals (Effective Oct. 15, 2018)
·         Orthopedic Assessment Clinic Primary Hip and Knee Arthoplasty Referral Form (attached)

Other Orthopedic Referrals for Halifax area, Eastern Shore, West Hants:

Outside of Halifax, Eastern Shore and West Hants, referrals for orthopedic consultations (other than hip and knee arthroplasty) are provided directly to individual surgeon’s offices.

Learn More

The following patient pamphlets may be helpful to you if you are receiving care and treatment in the Orthopaedics Clinic.

Patient Pamphlets

After Orthopedic Surgery

Maintain Bone Health