If you've been scheduled for a joint replacement, you probably have some questions. Our guide offers the answers you're looking for, and helps you prepare for your operation.
A joint replacement involves inserting an artificial joint. Joint replacement surgery is needed when the joint becomes worn out, usually due to arthritis. The surgeon removes the damaged ends of your joint and replaces it with an artificial implant. The specially designed metal and plastic parts are custom fit to your joint to restore smooth and painless movement.
A hip joint replacement means replacing one or both sides of the hip joint with an artificial socket and a metal ball and stem.
A knee joint replacement means replacing one or both sides of the knee joint and often the underside of the knee cap.
If you require any
equipment to assist you when you go back home, please plan to have it delivered to your home prior to your discharge.
You will be supported by
one UHN health care team that includes you!
Your health care team will work with you to ensure you have a safe seamless care experience that prepares you for your recovery at home. This includes your rehabilitation at one of UHN’s
Altum Health clinics. Altum Health is a part of UHN and has 11 clinics in cities across Ontario.
To help us understand how you are doing before and after surgery, we will collect information from you using surveys called 'patient reported outcome measures' or PROMs. This information will help us to plan the best possible care for your unique needs.
You can complete your PROMs at home using a secure online link that will be emailed to you with your unique username and password. Alternatively, you may complete your PROMs during your clinic visit using an iPad that will be provided to you.
You will complete your PROMs at:
You will receive a reminder by email to complete your PROMs.