In this Guide

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.

About the 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.

Hip replacement

A hip joint replacement means replacing one or both sides of the hip joint with an artificial socket and a metal ball and stem.

  • Hip Replacement, before surgery
    Before Surgery
    Hip Replacement, before surgery
    Hip Replacement
    Before Surgery
  • Hip Replacement, after surgery
    After Surgery
    Hip Replacement, after surgery
    Hip Replacement
    After Surgery

Knee replacement

A knee joint replacement means replacing one or both sides of the knee joint and often the underside of the knee cap.

  • Knee Replacement, before surgery
    Before Surgery
    Knee Replacement, before surgery
    Knee Replacement
    Before Surgery
  • Knee Replacement, after surgery
    After Surgery
    Knee Replacement, after surgery
    Knee Replacement
    After Surgery

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.

Integrated Comprehensive Care for your Joint Replacement Surgery

Hip & Knee Replacement Patient Journey: assessment with your surgeon; preparing for your surgery; your surgery; your hospital stay; going home with UHN Altum Health

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.

Monitoring your Progress

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:

  • Pre-Admission visit before surgery
  • 6 weeks after surgery
  • 3 months after surgery
  • 1 year after surgery

You will receive a reminder by email to complete your PROMs.

Download a printable version of the full guide:
Orthopedic Care Guide for Hip Replacement Surgery​​​
Orthopedic Care Guide for Knee Replacement Surgery​​​

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