The Surgical Program offers a comprehensive range of services spanning a wide continuum of care for surgical patients. Approximately 16,000 surgeries are performed each year in the specialty areas of neurosurgery, orthopedics, urology, oral/dental surgery, ear nose and throat (ENT), thoracic, cardiac surgery, vascular, plastic surgery, gynaecology, ophthalmology and general surgery. The hospital has a total of 17 operating room suites on the acute care site.

Acute Pain Service

The APS provides hospital patients with pain, symptom support and management, 24-hours a day, 7 days a week by offering a wide variety of pain management techniques. Our goal is to improve patient comfort, recovery, and satisfaction.

Post Anesthetic Care Units

The Post Anesthetic Care Units, formerly known as our recovery rooms, are reflective of the operating room needs, with patient bay numbers matching the needs of the O.R.

Surgical In-Patient Units

There are four in-patient surgical units with a total of 117 surgical beds to care for patients post-operatively, as well as a separate endoscopy unit which performs over 8,000 endoscopic procedures per year including colonoscopy, gastroscopy and bronchoscopy.

Other Services

The program is also responsible for instrument reprocessing and medical photography, as well as the Blood Conservation Program and Acute Pain Management Service.

Department of General Surgery

There are eight General Surgeons at Health Sciences North with decades of combined surgical experience. They are proud to take care of the people of Greater Sudbury and the surrounding areas of North East Ontario.

Dr. John Snider (Chief of General Surgery)
Dr. Frederick Wright
Dr. Richard Benedict
Dr. Rachelle Paradis
Dr. Michele Brulé
Dr. Pankaj Bhatia
Dr. Antonio Caycedo
Dr. Jeffrey Shum

Neurosurgery Education & Outreach Network

Pre-Admission Clinic

The Pre-Admission Clinic provides pre-operative testing and screening for all patients who enter the hospital electively for surgery. The clinic sees approximately 1,200 patients per month.

Day Surgery Units

Day Surgery Units care for patients returning home post-operatively on the same day of surgery.

North East Joint Assessment Centre

The North East Joint Assessment Centre (NEJAC), a service offered by Health Sciences North, was established to reduce wait times for consults and surgery for patients in the Northeast region who suffer from hip and knee arthritis. This service meets the Canadian Orthopaedic Association and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care recommended time frame of offering surgery dates within 182 days of initial consult.

NEJAC requires a referral from a physician. NEJAC staff will contact the patient to set up a consultation with the Advanced Practice Physiotherapist (APP) within 6 weeks of receiving referrals. Acting as a liaison between patients and their health-care provider, the APP will conduct a comprehensive musculoskeletal assessment followed by treatment options that make sense. If it is determined that surgery is required, patients are given a choice between a preferred surgeon or the next available surgeon thereby reducing the wait time. If the patient isn’t ready or if surgery is deemed to be unnecessary, a comprehensive Plan of Care will be established allowing patients and their doctor or nurse practitioner to manage the symptoms going forward. There is no fee associated with NEJAC – it is covered under OHIP.

Orthopedics Associate Offices
Telephone: (705) 522-9101

Dr Patrick Allison, Orthopaedic Surgeon
Dr. Jordi Cisa, Orthopaedic Surgeon
Dr. David Healey, Orthopaedic Surgeon
Dr. Eric Robinson, Orthopaedic Surgeon
Dr Kevan Saidi, Orthopaedic Surgeon
Dr. Stan Tubin, Orthopaedic Surgeon
Dr. Susan Vokey, Orthopaedic Surgeon

North East Joint Assessment Centre
2120 Regent St South,
Sudbury,ON P3E 3Z9


Telephone: (705) 675-4772              
Fax: (705) 522-2906

Patient Guides: Total Knee Replacement and Total Hip Replacement

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