The Division of Orthopedics at the Montreal General Hospital (MGH) is known as a leader in the treatment of spine, trauma, tumor, arthroplasty and sports surgery. Many critical orthopedic patients are referred to the MGH because of the extensive expertise of the staff at the Orthopedics department. On average, 150 to 200 new consults are sent to the department every week.

The Montreal General Hospital houses all of the MUHC’s orthopedics services, and our division includes some of the province’s top specialists. A medical team with this type of versatility is invaluable! Thanks to the support of the Foundation and its donors, patients who come to the MGH clinic for treatment receive cutting-edge care suited to their specific needs.
Dr. Greg Berry, Orthopedic Traumatology Surgeon, Assistant Professor and Chairman, Division of Orthopedic Surgery, and Associate Member, Traumatology Department


Research in Action : A Surgical Heritage of Innovation

The Jo Miller Orthopaedic Research Laboratory has been at the forefront of clinical and basic science research for hip and knee replacement surgery for over 50 years! Its success has hinged on sustained and generous contributions from patients! The lab and the research program are codirected by Dr. Michael Tanzer and Dr. Adam Hart who are both orthopaedic surgeons dedicated to treating hip and knee arthritis with an expertise on complex and revision cases.

Their fundamental clinical and basic science research is focused on better understanding and improving the outcomes of patients undergoing hip and knee replacement. They currently have several projects underway involving hip or knee replacement.

  • Evaluation of modifiable risk factors prior to hip/knee replacement surgery
  • Effectiveness of wound irrigation strategies in eliminating bacteria during hip/knee replacement surgery
  • Short and long-term clinical outcomes of hip/knee replacements
  • Improving patient assessment after hip/knee replacement using advanced technology
  • Evaluation of novel treatments to prevent or cure infections around hip/knee replacements
  • Enhanced bone healing and bone fracture recovery

Regrowing Bones and Correcting Deformities 

The Limb Lengthening and Deformity Correction Program is devoted to the treatment of upper and lower body problems present at birth or that arise later in life. It brings together specialists in treating and reconstructing limbs following a trauma, and in treating nonunion and infected fractures.

With the help of surgery and internal or external prostheses, surgical teams can regrow sections of bone by about 1 mm a day. These innovative techniques allow patients with a significant difference in limb length to recover full mobility.

To read Réjean’s the full story, please click here.

Fighting Sarcomas

The MUHC’s Division of Orthopedics at the MGH coordinates Quebec’s leading Sarcoma Program. Sarcomas are rare and complex tumours that develop in muscles, nerves, fat tissue, blood vessels and subcutaneous tissue. This supraregional program provides sarcoma patients from across Quebec with the complex care they need.

The Foundation supports basic research projects as well as projects focusing on sarcomas and their propagation. Funds raised also provide better equipment to improve the care and treatment for patients.

To have a look at the McGill Sarcoma website, please click here.

Spine Surgery

In August 2017, I was in a bike accident on Mount Royal. I suffered serious spinal injuries, and the consequences could have been catastrophic. The quality of care I received at the Montreal General Hospital meant that I was able to regain my mobility and get back on my feet with minimal lasting effects. The following year, friends of mine held an event to celebrate my return to an active life, and I insisted that a large part of the funds raised be donated to the Montreal General Hospital’s Orthopedic Surgery Clinic. My involvement in the Foundation has grown ever since then because I want patients like me to receive state-of-the-art care in a high-quality environment.
François-Xavier Seigneur, MGH patient