It’s now much easier for Yukoners to prepare for and recover from important orthopedic surgeries here at home. A second surgeon has joined Yukon Hospitals’ orthopedic program at Whitehorse General Hospital, and Yukon Hospitals has strengthened specialized support services in the operating room, therapies, and post-anesthesia care to ensure this expansion is successful.
Introduced in 2017, Yukon Hospitals' orthopedic program has brought specialized care closer to home for hundreds of Yukoners. With two surgeons, the program provides emergency and on-call services nearly 24/7/365 and will help bring wait times for total knee replacements below the national average.
Orthopedic surgeons work with patients who have disorders of the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles. Dr. Scott Westberg, who specializes in lower leg extremities, has joined Dr. Curtis Myden at the Surgeon’s Clinic at Whitehorse General Hospital. Dr. Westberg is originally from Yukon.
"Expanding the orthopedic program means more Yukoners get the surgery they need, when they need it," says Brian Gillen, Chair, Yukon Hospital Corporation. "Now, even more patients can prepare for, have, and recover from these important operations right here in Yukon. We are proud to partner with physicians and the Government of Yukon and confident this expansion will help us transform orthopedic care for years to come."
Last year alone, the program helped 100 patients avoid medevac trips south in emergency situations, and nearly 500 surgeries were performed.