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Orthopaedic Services

We care for patients with bone, muscle and joint health issues. We have programs for both inpatients and outpatients, focusing on:

  • Prevention
  • Diagnosis
  • Treatment
  • Surgery
  • Rehabilitation
  • Education

Joint Replacements

We are one of the largest community health centres in the province performing joint replacements. In 2009/2010, we expect to perform over 800 joint replacements. In addition, we work closely with the Emergency Department and the Operating Room in the rapid assessment and treatment of patients with hip fractures

We perform primary and revision total joint replacements of hip, knee and shoulder joints when they are damaged by arthritis. Most of our joint replacement patients are discharged from hospital to home or the community on the 4th day after surgery.

Pre-Operative Clinic

Patients scheduled for joint replacement surgery attend our pre-operative clinic. The clinic visit is scheduled up to 2 weeks before surgery. This allows time for patient and family information and education. Anesthesia and medical consults, diagnostic tests (blood work, X-ray, cardiogram), and paperwork are also completed. As a result, patients are able to sleep at home the night before their surgery rather than being admitted the day before for tests.

Preoperative Education Classes

Hip and knee Surgery patients can sign up for our free preoperative education classes to help prepare them for their surgery. Click here to learn more about our Pre-Surgery Education Program for Hip and Knee Replacement.

Total Hip Replacement

During a total hip replacement or total hip arthroplasty, both parts of the hip joint are replaced by artificial implants or prostheses.

The femoral (or leg) implant has a stem that extends into the canal of the thigh bone; the acetabular (or hip) component is placed inside the socket, or cup-like structure, of the hip. The femoral implant then fits into the cup-like structure of the hip, this combination allows the worn out area of the hip to be replaced by an implant which restores natural movement.

A total hip replacement may include the following benefits:

  • Improved movement
  • Improved mobility and stabilization
  • Decreased joint pain
  • Increased leg strength
  • Improved quality of life – the ability to return to normal activities and hobbies

Before recommending a hip replacement, your doctor may prescribe walking aids such as a cane, medication and/or physical therapy in an effort to relieve pain and improve the function of your hip joint. Most degenerative problems will at some point require replacement of the painful hip with an artificial hip replacement.

Total Knee Replacement

More joint replacement surgeries are performed at Trillium on the knee than on any other joint. Knee replacement surgery is recommended for patients with severe knee pain and disability caused by damage to cartilage from rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis or trauma. It is highly successful in relieving pain and restoring the function and use of the knee.

A total knee replacement may include the following benefits:

  • Reduced joint pain
  • Increased movement and mobility
  • Increased stability
  • Improved quality of life – the ability to return to normal activities and hobbies

Post-Operative Recovery

Following surgery, inpatients are transferred from the Post Anaesthetic Care Unit to the 29-bed Orthopedic Unit (Orthopaedics 1J), Our orthopaedic team provides patient- and family-centred care.

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OM Fracture Clinic

In 2008, our new OM Fracture Clinic opened. This clinic provides:

  • Acute and follow-up fracture care
  • Advanced casting techniques and care by Certified Orthopaedic Technologists
  • Post-operative follow-up care for elective and non-elective patients
  • Consultations with an Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Custom Functional Knee Bracing including assessment and measurement, fitting and follow-up care as well as off-the-shelf bracing for knees
  • Customized upper extremity fracture bracing
  • Spinal Bracing including assessment and measurement, fitting and follow-up care
  • Splinting of acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions
  • Viscosupplementation program for osteoarthritis of the knee
  • Bone stimulation
  • Cold therapy

Click here to learn more about the OM fracture clinic

The Bone & Joint Health Network

As a member of the Bone and Joint Health Network, we collaborate with over 25 other network partners across the GTA to follow best practices and ensure patients receive the best care. Trillium Health Centre works closely with the Mississauga-Halton Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) related to the care of patients with joint replacement or those who have sustained a hip fracture.

Pre-Surgery Education Program for Hip and Knee Replacement

Sign up for a free preoperative class and learn what you will need to know to maintain peace of mind, fitness and safety before and after your surgery, and help speed up your recovery.

To Book Your Class:
Contact your surgeon's office. Leave a message with your name and telephone number so we can get back to you and arrange a date for your attendance.
Classes are led by an Occupational Therapist and Occupational Therapist Assistant.
In the pre-op class we will discuss:

  • How to prepare for your surgery
  • What to expect during your hospital stay
  • What equipment you will need to arrange
  • How to prepare for your recovery at home
  • What supports you will need during your recovery at home

Day and Time
Classes are held regularly on Thursday evenings. Class starts at 6:30pm. Expect to be there for at least two hours. Please bring your pre-op education booklets given to you in the pre-op medical clinic. If able, please bring one English-speaking family member with you.

Trillium Health Centre, 100 Queensway West, Mississauga
in the Clinical Learning Lab on the 1st floor of the "J" Wing

Neurology Unit

Trillium Health Centre - Mississauga
This 30-bed nursing unit is comprised of the integrated stroke unit and specialized neurology services. The integrated stroke unit, the acute care component of the Regional Stroke Centre, provides tertiary-level stroke care to the local community and the West GTA Stroke Network.

Neurosurgery Unit

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This 27-bed nursing unit provides tertiary-level neurosurgery services to patients from the Peel, Metro Toronto and Halton regions. The most frequently seen cases in this unit are patients who have undergone back and neck procedures (with and without fusion), a craniotomy, extracranial vascular procedures and spinal procedures. A four-bed special care area is included within this unit for patients needing intense monitoring.

Trillium is the only community hospital in Canada to provide tertiary regional neurosurgery services including sophisticated neurodiagnostics, as well as care for patients with minor to severe head trauma, brain and spinal chord tumours, aneurysms, brain haemorrhage, cerebral vascular disorders, degenerative disc disorders, and chronic pain disorders

Neurological Rehabilitation Unit

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The Neurological Rehabilitation Unit is comprised of 30 beds and provides medium term rehab care to Trillium patients. The types of patients serviced by the unit include stroke, acquired brain injury/trauma, neurosurgical, cardiac, medical and surgical. Patients stay in the unit an average of 30 days. During the admission, patients and families work on rehabilitation goals to facilitate a transfer from the hospital to the home or other community setting.

Our team is comprised of a physiatrist, allied health and nursing staff. The interdisciplinary team actively follows the a goal-oriented rehab model of care to help patients further recover and to learn and develop skills which will help them function more independently. The unit is known for the comprehensive care offered by the team and for the therapeutic milieu that contributes to the patient's quality of life. Innovative programs include Pet Therapy, Tai Chi, and Patient and Family Education.

Short-Term Rehabilitation Unit

Trillium's Short-Term Rehabilitation Program provides on-site rehabilitation for patients who are recovering from:

  • surgical repair for fractures resulting from a fall
  • surgery for joint replacements
  • general surgery
  • spine surgery
  • respiratory or cardiac illnesses

Rebuilding Health

We work with our patients to rebuild their strength and endurance. Where patients have an underlying condition, such as osteoporosis or cardiac illness, we provide education and treatment.
Our team:

  • provides ongoing patient/caregiver education
  • helps patients set goals for maximal independence
  • establishes plans of care so patients can maintain optimal wellness
  • collaborates with other specialists
  • helps patients manage complex medical issues

The Bone and Joint Health Network

Trillium has joined with other acute care centres, rehabilitation hospitals and Community Care Access Centres to implement an improved model of care for patients undergoing repair for fractured hips.
Under the new model:

  • Expert medical specialists and rehabilitation professionals create a customized rehabilitation program to meet each patients needs
  • Treatment focuses on improving function and mobility to help patients return to their community.
  • The patient and their family work with our team on an ongoing basis to review functional goals, care plans and discharge timelines
  • Patients receive recommendations for lifestyle changes, based on home visits and consultations
  • Individual and group therapy are available

Osteoporosis Education Program

Osteoporosis is a condition that causes bones to become thin, brittle and easily broken. Individuals who sustain fragility fractures – typically of the wrist, shoulder, hip or spine – from low energy forces (eg. a fall from standing height) have a high probability of osteoporosis.

The goal of the Osteoporosis Education Program is to prevent further low-impact fragility fractures in our patients. It helps patients receive follow-up investigation of their fractures with Bone Mineral Density tests, care and further education in the community.

Trillium's Fracture Clinic identifies fragility fracture patients as "High Risk Osteoporosis Patients". Trillium sends a letter to the patient's family physician suggesting further investigation of their patients' fragility fractures. Patients receive a copy of the letter and an Osteoporosis Education package.; Patients are advised to follow up with their family physician.

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Comprehensive Stroke Unit

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Trillium's Comprehensive Stroke Unit (CSU) is a 20-bed unit comprised of 12 acute beds and eight rehabilitation beds. The CSU provides tertiary-level adult stroke care serving the West GTA region. Trillium Health Centre is one of the top hospitals in Canada for delivering t-PA to acute stroke patients. We have four neurologists who specialize in stroke care as well as an experienced inter-professional stroke team that delivers best practice care. Patients receive acute and rehabilitation care all in one unit eliminating the need to change beds or health care teams.

Stroke Treatment/Prevention

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Regional Secondary Stroke Prevention Clinic
The Regional Secondary Stroke Prevention Clinic at Trillium provides quick assessment and access to diagnostic services and treatment for patients at high risk of suffering a stroke. The clinic was developed in conjunction with Trillium's role as the Regional Stroke Centre for the West GTA Stroke Network. The clinic aims to reduce the incidence of stroke through:

  • Early assessment and treatment
  • Patient and health care provider education on stroke prevention
  • Support and risk factor screening for spouses and family members of stroke patients
  • Medical care and lifestyle changes.

Clinic Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

A physician referral to the Stroke Prevention Clinic is required. Click here for referral form (pdf).

For more information, visit The West GTA Stroke Network web site: