Brian Day (Honorary Associate Professor)
Michael K. Gilbart
Danny P. Goel
Robert G. McCormack
Keith A. Stothers
David R. Wilson
Keeping fit through regular exercise has become a priority for many of us. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle has increased our demand for knowledge and treatment of sports-related injuries. This demand is also evident in the highly competitive sports world, where the goal is to allow the athlete to return to the game as quickly as is safely possible. While many sports-related injuries can be treated by non-surgical procedures, more serious ones involving the bones, joints, ligaments, muscles and nerves require the expertise of an orthopaedic surgeon.
The Division of Arthroscopy and Athletic Injuries is comprised of Orthopaedic Surgeons who have a subspecialty interest in the treatment of the musculoskeletal problems of active people. While the care of “elite” athletes is part of the practice of sport medicine orthopaedic surgeons, the majority of the practice involves keeping all members of the public active so they can enjoy a high quality of life. The diagnosis and treatment of orthopaedic injuries has been revolutionized by a surgical technique known as arthroscopy. Using an arthroscope, inserted into the joint cavity through a small incision, the orthopedist can get a detailed view of the entire joint, which is displayed on a television screen in the operating room. Using this minimally invasive surgical technique, the surgeon can investigate, diagnose and immediately treat many conditions, eliminating the need for more major open surgery. Furthermore, this surgery can be performed in an ambulatory setting eliminating the need for hospital admission. Recovery is hastened by minimally invasive surgery such as arthroscopy.
Arthroscopic surgery is performed at all of the teaching centers; however the focus on arthroscopic surgery and athletic injuries, under the direction of Dr. W.D. Regan, is at the Royal Columbian Hospital and the University Hospital. Patients receive postoperative care at the Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Centre and New West Orthopaedic and Sport Medicine Center. In addition to diagnosing and treating a variety of athletic injuries, the Division’s faculty members also provide consultation to local, regional, national and international professional and amateur sports teams and organizations. Faculty also provides consultation to the UBC Student Health Service.