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Your Health-care Team

Reconstructive Orthopaedics
Members of Mount Sinai's Reconstructive
Orthopaedics health-care team

Our Unit (11 North) is a 32-bed mixed surgical unit with orthopaedic and head and neck surgery patients. The unit is staffed with all RNs to provide the best quality of patient care. 

The philosophy of our unit is Patient and Family-Centred Care, which means patients and their families are directly involved in planning their own care. We also follow the Primary Nursing Care model to promote an ongoing nurse- patient relationship during the entire stay.

Our nurses are experts in Orthopaedic Nursing who value life-long learning and professional development. Nurse sensitive indicators such as good pain control and our low rates of falls, infections or pressure sores, are evidence of the high level of nursing care we provide.


Occupational Therapist

During your stay in the orthopaedic unit, you may work with an occupational therapist (OT) to help you increase or regain your independence with daily functional activities. An OT will often work with patients who have undergone elective surgery (e.g. hip or knee replacement) or sustained a fracture limiting function.

You will be assessed and taught new ways to provide your own care during work or leisure activities, possibly with assistive devices. The OT will also discuss your home environment/layout with you and recommend any necessary equipment.

Based on your progress, the OT will consult with the rest of the team to determine an appropriate discharge plan for you. If your plan involves going directly home from hospital, the OT may set up a "Home Care OT" through the Community Care Access Centre to help you manage at home.


The pharmacist will assist the team in monitoring your drug therapy and progress while you are in hospital and provide instructions for any new medications that you might be going home with and answer any medication questions you may have. Please do not hesitate to ask to speak to your pharmacist at any time during your stay.

It is always a good idea to either bring your medications with you to the hospital or to have and up-to-date list of any medications you might be taking. This will help our pharmacy and your care team ensure you are getting the right medication while in hospital.

You will be provided with your medications when you are admitted to the hospital. Occasionally you may be asked to take your own supply of a medication if it is something that the hospital does not carry. Find more information on medications for joint replacement surgery.


Social Work

Social Work can assist you at various points throughout your planned or unplanned hospital stay. For all orthopaedic patients, we aim to help reduce the stress that can be caused by last-minute and planned hospitalization by providing emotional support and advocacy for services in the community.

Your inpatient social worker can connect you with the Community Care Access Centre, financial help, transportation assistance, counselling, finding permanent or temporary housing and family support of any kind. S/he will work with you, your family and your medical team to find a timely and safe discharge option which can range from going home with home care to rehabilitation to a nursing/retirement home.

It is important to us that you and/or your family receive respectful treatment that puts mind and body at ease for a full recovery, and we do our best to ensure that you are discharged from our hospital into the best care setting possible.

We would be happy to answer any questions or concerns you have, either as a prospective, current or past patient.  Please call 416-586-4800 ext. 5201 to reach our Social Work Department. 


Physiotherapy is an important part of the rehabilitation process for all joint replacement patients from the pre-admission clinic through to discharge.

Before surgery, our goal is to help you understand what will happed after the operation. After surgery, the responsibilities include assessment and treatment of your cardio respiratory status and mobility. 

Individualized exercise programs are designed for each patient, involving range of motion, strengthening, and other training that's needed. The physiotherapist consults with members of the multidisciplinary team to determine discharge plans for each patient, focusing on safety, equipment and continuation of care in the community.

Your physiotherapist wants to make sure your new hip or knee works well for you and will instruct you on certain precautions to follow to reduce the risk of complications while it heals. Your safety is our priority and your physiotherapist will follow the progress of your mobility, strength and walking program so you regain your independence as safely as possible.