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Saskatchewan's online Specialist Directory is updated and improved to make it easy to find current surgical wait times and information about surgical specialists in Saskatchewan.

Use this Directory to find:

  • practicing surgeons
  • procedures they perform
  • how long you may wait to see a specialist
  • how long patients usually wait to have surgery

You and your family doctor can use this information to see which surgeons have the shortest wait times and to choose the most appropriate surgeon for you. All appointments with a specialist require a referral from a doctor or a nurse practitioner.

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Abdominal Surgery - Other
Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
Adrenal Gland Removal
Aortic Aneurysm Repair
Arthoscopic ACL Repairs
Arthroscopy other than Knee
Aspiration/Excision Cyst/Haematoma - Other
Biopsies other than Breast or Lymph Node
Bladder Interventions - Other
Bladder Resection
Bladder Suspension
Bone Graft / Harvest Bone Graft
Bone Spur Excision
Bowel/Colon/Rectum Resection
Brain/Spinal Cord Interventions - Other
Breast Biopsy
Breast Enhancement, Reduction or Reconstruction
Bunionectomy / Metatarsal Osteotomy
Cardiovascular/Thoracic Interventions - Other
Carotid Vessel Surgery
Carpal Tunnel Release
Cataract Surgery
Cervix Biopsy/Electro-Excision of Abnormal Cells of the Cervix
Chest Incision/Partial Removal of Lung
Colostomy/Ileostomy/Pelvic Pouch Interventions
Coronary Artery Bypass Graft
Craniofacial Bone Interventions - Other
Cranium Interventions
Cutting of Bone (excluding metatarsal)
Cystoscopy with/without Other Procedure
Digestive Tract Interventions - Other
Ear/Nose/Mouth/Throat Interventions - Other
Endocrine System Interventions - Other
Endometrial Ablation
Excision Soft Tissue - Other
Eye Surgery (Except Cataract)
Fasciotomy (cutting of facia)
Finger/Toe Nail Interventions - Other
Fusion of Joint
Gall Bladder Removal
Ganglion Excision
Gastric Bypass/Stapling
Gastroscopy (inspection of gullet and stomach)
Gastrostomy/Jejunostomy Interventions
Gynecological Endoscopic Diagnostic & Therapeutic Procedures - Other
Gynecological Interventions - Other
Hand/Finger Interventions - Other
Hernia (Except Diaphragmatic)
Hernia Diaphragmatic
Hip Replacement Partial
Hip Replacement Total
Hydrocelectomy (removal of pocket of fluid from testicle)
Hysterectomy (removal of uterus)
Incision into Joint
Incision of Ear Drum with/without Tubes
Infrainguinal Bypass
Insertion or Removal Catheter - Other
Insertion or Removal of Catheter for Dialysis
Insertion/Redo/Remove Ventricular/Peritoneal Shunt
Interventions on Valves and Septa of Heart
Joint Repair (other than Hip/Knee/Shoulder)
Kidney Donation
Kidney Removal
Kidney Transplant
Knee Arthroscopy
Knee Meniscectomy
Knee Replacement (includes total, uni, revisions)
Laparoscopic Conservative Surgery for Endometriosis
Lengthening Heel Cord
Ligament Repair
Ligation/Stripping/Sclerotherapy of Veins
Lithotripsy (destruction of kidney or gall bladder stones)
Liver and Pancreas Surgeries - Other
Lysis Adhesions
Male Genital Interventions - Other
Mastectomy (except simple)
Mastectomy (simple)
Musculoskeletal Surgery - Other
Naso-Septal Reconstruction
Nervous System Interventions - Other
Node Dissection/Biopsy
Outer Ear Interventions - Other
Ovary/Fallopian Tube Interventions (except tubal ligation)
Pacemaker/Cardioverter Defibrillator Procedures
Palate, Lip, Alveolus Interventions
Pelvic Floor Repair
Peri-Anal Interventions
Plastic Surgery on Head and Face - Other
Prostate Removal (except radical)
Prostate Removal (radical)
Prostate Removal Using Laser
Removal of Hardware
Removal of Parathyroid Gland(s)
Removal of Pharynx / Larynx
Removal of Salivary Gland(s)
Repair of Ear Drum and/or Inner Ear Bones/Removal of Portion of Mastoid Bone
Restoration, Extraction and/or Cleaning of Teeth
Scope of Larynx
Scope of Larynx, Airways and Esophagus
Scope of Rectum and Sigmoid Colon
Scope of Upper Urinary Tract
Scope of the Airway, Lungs or Chest Cavity
Shoulder Surgery
Sinus Interventions - Other
Skin & Subcutaneous Tissue Interventions
Spinal/Back Surgery
Spleen Removal
Tendon Interventions
Thoracic Scope with/wo Intervention
Thyroid Gland Removal
Tonsillectomy and/or Adenoidectomy
Trigger Finger Release
Tubal Ligation (sterilization)
Urinary System Interventions - Other
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About the directory

You may be able to significantly reduce your wait time by traveling to a smaller center to have surgery. To find out, use the figure above or click on Select Search Criteria to select a procedure and use Location of surgery to check each city you are willing to travel to for surgery. Not all surgeries are performed in all locations; only cities that perform the procedure you have selected will be displayed.

You and your family doctor can use this information to see which surgeons have the shortest wait times and to choose the most appropriate surgeon for you.

Surgical wait times may be affected by:

  • Number of patients needing that kind of surgery
  • Number of specialists available
  • Availability of operating room theaters
  • How physicians/hospitals manage wait lists

About the data

This site uses data from Saskatchewan’s Surgical Patient Registry, which includes all surgeries performed in hospital operating rooms. Emergency surgeries and procedures performed in clinics and ambulatory care units are not included. For some hospitals, endoscopic procedures performed in endoscopy suites are also included.

To protect patient privacy, procedure numbers of less than five are not shown. Because of this privacy measure, the total count of surgeries performed by the surgeon may be higher than the combined totals for each procedure group listed by health region.

Frequently Asked Questions

Patient pathways

Surgical alternatives are available in Saskatchewan for selected specialties through "patient pathways". These processes can streamline assessment of patients, speed up diagnostic tests or surgical referrals, and sometimes help patients recover without needing surgery.

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