With the recent downward trend in COVID-19 cases in our region and a corresponding loosening of various restrictions, the pandemic strain on hospital resources is lightening and full surgical services are resuming. This recovery phase is certainly welcome news to our Orthopaedic patients who have been amongst the hardest hit in their waits for surgical treatment, given the previous prioritization of operating room time. Fortunately we are now seeing a return to more normal access to surgery, which will allow us to begin to catch up on the surgical backlog.
The various pandemic guidelines and precautions continue to be followed at the Brandon Clinic, Brandon Regional Health Centre and Minnedosa Health Centre where we offer our services. (see BrandonClinic.com and PMH-Mb.ca) All patients are expected to go through the routine screening protocols, and those scheduled for surgery will require a COVOD-19 test prior to their procedure. While this will result in longer and more involved lead up to appointments and surgery, these requirements will remain in place for the foreseeable future, as we remain committed to the highest standards of health safety and virus exposure prevention.
We continue to offer patients the option of having their Brandon Clinic appointments conducted virtually by phone at their request. Any questions regarding the pandemic impact on their medical care can be directed to the clinic or respective hospital. It remains to be seen how quickly we can catch up on the wait lists now that we have full access to surgery, but the clinic, hospital and province are making this a top priority. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to strive for excellence in Orthopaedic care as efficiently as possible.
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We sometimes hear concerns on the wait times, potential slow downs, and resource allocations needed to address orthopaedic problems. If it is of interest, we are able to refer you to a website by the not-for-profit professional association that represents orthopaedic surgery and surgeons in Canada. On this site, there is opportunity to express your experiences and engage your voice to support positive action. https://fasttrackcare.ca/
This resource, provided by Norman Klippenstein MD, orthopaedic consultant and surgeon at the Brandon Clinic, is intended to provide practical information for our patients and their caregivers, and to facilitate informed decision-making in working together to achieve optimal outcomes for musculoskeletal problems.
We believe that with any bone or joint condition, treatment success and patient satisfaction are enhanced by full disclosure of management options, procedural information, and rehabilitation issues.
We intend that each patient receive compassionate, state-of-the-art treatment in a progressive, patient-friendly environment.
We encourage patients to take an active role in jointly determining the most appropriate treatment for their orthopaedic condition from the range of surgical and non-surgical options.
A referral to an orthopaedic surgeon involves a number of steps intended to thoroughly address the patient’s condition and possible questions, and offer treatment options including surgery. A care map can help to navigate this process.
Shoulder, Knee & Ankle Surgery
Specialist in sports injuries, work related injuries, arthritic conditions, and patients of all ages.
Dr. Klippenstein practices as a general orthopaedist, with a broad range of interests including sport and work related injuries, arthritic conditions, and patients of all ages. He has a particular focus on reconstructive procedures of the shoulder, knee and ankle. He performs shoulder and knee replacements, including partial knee replacements. His practice includes a large volume of arthroscopic procedures, both in Brandon and Minnedosa, and he continues to incorporate advances in minimally invasive surgery in his practice. He sees acute injuries and trauma through the Brandon Regional Health Centre.
Clinic & Hospital Locations
Station 9, 620 Dennis Street, Brandon
Brandon Regional Health Centre
at Front Entrance
Minnedosa Health Centre
334 1st Street, Minnedosa
Station 9: 204-571-7136
Minnedosa Health Centre
OR Booking: 204-867-8727
Monday-Friday: 8:30am – 5:00pm
After Hours Emergency