Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery

Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery: Patient Education

Thank you for choosing Scarborough Health Network (SHN) for your hip or knee replacement surgery. We understand how important it is for you to have all the information you need so that you can be at ease throughout your surgical journey.

At SHN, we are finding new ways to support you virtually with online education and resources that you can access right at home. This page will help you to achieve the best outcomes from your joint replacement surgery, with information on:

  • How to prepare for your surgery

  • What you need to know and do before, during, and after surgery

  • What to expect and how to support your successful recovery at home

How to Access Forms

For surgeon's offices

Note to surgeon’s offices: All hip and knee replacement patients must be registered through this form

Thank you for choosing Scarborough Health Network (SHN) for your hip or knee replacement surgery. We understand how important it is for you to have all the information you need so that you can be at ease throughout your surgical journey.

At SHN, we are finding new ways to support you virtually with online education and resources that you can access right at home. This page will help you to achieve the best outcomes from your joint replacement surgery, with information on:

  • How to prepare for your surgery

  • What you need to know and do before, during, and after surgery

  • What to expect and how to support your successful recovery at home

How to Access Forms

For surgeon's offices

Note to surgeon’s offices: All hip and knee replacement patients must be registered through this form

SURGICAL JOURNEY

Set yourself up for a successful surgical journey by knowing the steps, what to expect, how to prepare yourself, and what things you can do throughout your journey.

Patient and Family Guide: Surgical Journey cover

PATIENT HANDBOOK

The Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery Patient Handbook breaks down all of the key information you need to be ready for your surgical procedure.

SHN Handbook for Patients: Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery

PRE-OP PRESENTATION

Better preparation leads to better outcomes. This presentation will help you with planning for your surgery and what to expect. Please be sure to review.

Preparing for your Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery at SHN

GET FIT FOR SURGERY

Doing exercises in lying and standing positions at home before surgery will lead to better outcomes after surgery. These exercises help to build your strength for a faster recovery.

Pre-operative hip and knee exercises

SURGICAL JOURNEY

Set yourself up for a successful surgical journey by knowing the steps, what to expect, how to prepare yourself, and what things you can do throughout your journey.

Patient and Family Guide: Surgical Journey cover

PATIENT HANDBOOK

The Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery Patient Handbook breaks down all of the key information you need to be ready for your surgical procedure.

SHN Handbook for Patients: Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery

PRE-OP PRESENTATION

Better preparation leads to better outcomes. This presentation will help you with planning for your surgery and what to expect. Please be sure to review.

Preparing for your Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery at SHN

GET FIT FOR SURGERY

Doing exercises in lying and standing positions at home before surgery will lead to better outcomes after surgery. These exercises help to build your strength for a faster recovery.

Pre-operative hip and knee exercises

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM PHYSIOTHERAPY AFTER SURGERY

Physiotherapy is changing to adapt to new care guidelines and public health rules. The care you receive after surgery may look different from what you or your family and friends have seen before but it will continue to reflect our commitment to safety and excellence.

This is what you can expect from your physiotherapy after surgery:

  • 3-5 weeks of physiotherapy to meet your goals

  • Get started within 1 week after knee surgery or 2 weeks after hip surgery

  • An initial assessment with a physiotherapist

  • For knees — 1-2 appointments every week in a clinic setting with a physiotherapist or rehab assistant

  • For hips — 1 appointment every week, or every other week, with a physiotherapist or rehab assistant

  • Group classes or one-on-one appointments

  • An exercise-based program with or without gym equipment tailored to your needs

  • Some clinics (including SHN) offer virtual visits if in-person visits are a concern for you

PLEASE NOTE: Once you go to your first physiotherapy appointment, you cannot switch to another clinic with hospital payment. If you decide to switch clinics, you will have to pay privately for the second clinic. When deciding which clinic to go to, please ask questions to make sure that the program will meet your expectations.

PLAN YOUR PHYSIOTHERAPY TODAY!

Once you give consent to use email, your surgeon’s office will send you instructions to go to our online platform to do your education and to plan your physiotherapy. You will need your reference number, which will be in the email.

If they have not done so already, ask your surgeon’s office to register you for the online Hip and Knee Education Program!

Your physiotherapy options

Option 1: Come back to SHN for your physiotherapy after surgery

Come to our clinic at Centenary Hospital (2867 Ellesmere Road). Our physiotherapists are highly skilled and provide excellent care. They also know the surgeons well and understand their expectations for your recovery.

Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Option 2: Go to one of SHN's partner clinics for your physiotherapy after surgery

SHN has agreements with community clinics throughout Ontario to make sure that you have the best possible experience even if you do not live close enough to the hospital. If getting to the hospital is a challenge or you need appointments outside of regular business hours, you can book your physiotherapy at a clinic that is more convenient for you.

Option 3: Pay privately for physiotherapy at a clinic of your choice or in your home

All patients who have hip or knee surgery can have their physiotherapy paid for by the government or hospital. However, some physiotherapy clinics only accept payment from the patient or private insurance. If you prefer to go to a private clinic or want to pay to have a physiotherapist come into your home, you can make your own arrangements. If you do, please note that you cannot ask the hospital to pay for more physiotherapy after you are finished your private physiotherapy.

What to expect from physiotherapy after surgery - one pager

Additional resources

Frequently Asked Questions

We have developed a Frequently Asked Questions resource, which is a “living” document. This means that we continue to build it and add to it. We are making updates to better address additional questions and information that patients tell us they want to know more about.

Do you have a question to add?

Are there other questions to include in our FAQs? Let us know and help us to improve this resource. (Submissions are checked for routinely and will be incorporated into our FAQ document as appropriate in the future).

    Assistive devices

    Following your surgery, you may require one or more assistive devices to support you during your recovery at home. To help you in obtaining any products you may need, here is a list of assistive devices retailers that are located near each of our three hospitals.

    More information

    Here are some other helpful links on hip and knee replacement from leading organizations:

    Arthritis Health

    Video

    Community resources and support