Without question, the many years of success as the world‘s leading hernia repair centre is due to the quality and dedication of our staff. Everyone who works at Shouldice is committed to providing our patients with the highest level of care and comfort.
Shouldice Hospital has the most experienced team of hernia surgeons in the world. Our surgeons perform on average over 600 hernia repairs per year, more than the typical General Surgeon does in a lifetime. Collectively our current team have over 240 years of General Surgery experience, and have performed over 100,000 abdominal wall hernia surgeries here at Shouldice Hospital.
Our surgical practise operates as a true team, and over the course of your stay you will meet with many of our experienced physicians – it truly doesn’t matter who does your surgery as all our surgeons have undergone specialty training in our tension-free, natural tissue hernia repair technique.
All staff surgeons, regardless of their prior experience, are required to complete an extensive introductory training period, during which time they learn our specialized repair technique that requires the use of mesh in less than 2% of all cases. First, they must assist a Shouldice surgical team for at least 50 operations before they are permitted to perform the Shouldice Repair. As this gold-standard technique can take even an experienced surgeon several months to master, each of our surgeons must further complete up to 200 supervised operations under the watchful eye of a senior staff surgeon before being approved as the leader of a surgical team. This commitment to surgical excellence through comprehensive training is just one of the many ways that Shouldice delivers the safest, and most reliable, hernia repair in the world. Some surgeons may say that they can perform the Shouldice Repair, but no one in the world can replicate our success in repairing abdominal wall hernias.
Our surgeons’ collective credentials include licensing and accreditation from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, Royal College of Surgeons of Canada (FRCSC) and the American College of Surgeons (FACS).
Good nursing care helps to speed recovery and reduce complications. All of our nurses are trained in the specific care routines designed at Shouldice to meet the needs of hernia patients. Our nurses give each patient personal attention and are always available with a friendly word of advice or encouragement. They are particularly interested in motivating patients to take an active role in their own recovery. Warm, caring and knowledgeable, Shouldice nurses bring compassion and confident guidance to the Shouldice experience.
Our support staff
Excellent medical and nursing care is important to a healthy recovery. However, it takes much more than that to create a positive, patient-centred healing environment. Shouldice employs a dedicated support team, and each staff member plays a vital role in the well-being of our patients. From the minute you walk through the door, our receptionists take care of your needs and help you feel comfortable and welcome. Every meal is prepared on-site by our kitchen staff and served with a cheerful smile. You‘ll never find an outsourced catering company here!
An experienced staff of housekeepers and maintenance professionals keep the stately hospital buildings and manicured grounds in magnificent condition. And the diligent people in our accounting, records and administration departments efficiently manage the many details of admission, patient care, patient insurance forms, discharge and contiwnuing follow-up care.
Shouldice has a long tradition of caring for patients with courtesy, respect and kindness. We are committed to providing outstanding service to our patients in a warm and personal environment that fully supports our patients‘ needs. Learn more about our unique patient experience.