Michael Bridge is an Orthopaedic Surgeon with subspecialty interest and training in Foot and Ankle Surgery. He is an active member of Kelowna Orthopaedics providing elective and orthopaedic trauma care at Kelowna General Hospital.
After completing a residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the Dalhousie University in Halifax, he spent a one year fellowship studying Foot and Ankle surgery at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He joined the Kelowna Orthopaedic Surgical Group after completing his fellowship in 2009.
He treats a number of complex foot and ankle problems from throughout the Interior, and is currently an active Clinical Faculty at UBC. He is involved with medical student and resident teaching and clinical research.
Education, Training, Credentials
Referrals from primary care physicians: accepted
Referrals are most welcome, however, because of the high demand for consultation, referrals must be ranked according to urgency, and the likelihood that there will be a surgical solution for the problem. While Dr. Bridge is knowledgeable on bony and soft tissue foot and ankle issues overall, the focus of the practice is surgical care. Currently screening of non-surgical and routine orthopaedic problems will be performed by a musculoskeletal physician associated with the Kelowna orthopaedic group in hopes of reducing wait times for surgical patients. With this initiative we expect to see material improvement to wait times for patients. Dr. Bridge does send a reply to the referring physician for each appropriate consult indicating an approximately wait time for consultation.
Referrals from Orthopaedic Surgeons, Sports Medicine Physicians, Physiatrists and Rheumatologists: accepted and seen urgently within 1-2 months
WorkSafe BC Referrals: accepted
IME’s: accepting all types (ICBC, defence and plaintiff work)
Kelowna Bone and Joint Health now requires a completed standard referral form with all referrals. In addition to this, appropriate x-rays within 6 months of the referral need to be included in the referral. The standard referral form ensures that you are seen by the most appropriate physician in the shortest amount of time. The x-rays are required to ensure that your presenting complaints are fully assessed on the first visit, rather than having to book a follow-up appointment to provide treatment recommendations for your diagnosis.
If illness, travel problems or other extenuating circumstances arise, we appreciate a phone call as soon as possible so that we can make use of the office time for another patient and reschedule your appointment.
Missed appointments (without a phone call): At any given time there are hundreds of patients waiting to see Dr. Bridge in consultation, a no show – short cancellation fee of $100 is in place. If you have to cancel for any reason, please call the office at least 48 hrs prior to your scheduled appointment to avoid this cancellation fee.
Referral letters will be returned to the referring doctor with a note stating that the appointment was not attended. Rescheduling will usually require another referral letter.
A letter is generated after each consult and sent to the referring doctor. Letters typically outline the diagnosis, the treatment options, and any follow-up required. Please feel free to review this letter with your family doctor.
If you still have questions or concerns after your consultation, please feel free to call and book a follow-up appointment. A lot of information is typically conveyed at the time of the first consult, and it is common to have additional questions or concerns arise. If you need further information on the problem and treatment options, or have any concerns, please feel free to call.