Joint Replacement

Total Hip Replacement

Total hip replacements are performed at Western Memorial Regional Hospital. The wait time may be related to patient preference, clinical assessment, time of year, and the surgeon performing the surgery.

What is Total Hip Replacement Surgery?

Total hip replacement surgery removes the ends of both bones in a damaged joint and replaces them with an artificial/prosthetic joint.

Total Hip Replacement Wait Times

Wait times for total hip replacements are being monitored by each regional health authority in the province and reported four times per year to the Department of Health and Community Services.   A benchmark of 182 days has been set down by Health Canada as a reasonable length of time a patient in Canada should wait for total hip replacement surgery.

Provincial Wait times for Joint Replacement Surgery

The wait times are reported based on completed cases. As a total hip replacement is an elective procedure, some patients chose to wait for their surgery for personal or family reasons.   These patients are included as completed cases, but their wait time is excluded from those used to determine the median wait time. Personal preference is sometimes the reason for the longer wait and is not a reflection of the service being provided.

 Western Memorial Regional Hospital  
Hip Replacement 81  days
Benchmark Met * 95.2%
Total Performed   in FY 2015-16 96
Median Wait Time as of  March 31, 2016
* Indicates the percentage of cases completed within the benchmark of 182 days

Knee Replacement

Knee replacements are performed at Western Memorial Regional Hospital.   Your wait time may be related to patient preference, clinical assessment, time of year, and the surgeon who is performing the surgery.

What is Knee Replacement Surgery?

Knee replacement surgery removes a damaged joint and replaces it with an artificial/prosthetic joint.

Knee Replacement Wait Times

Wait times for total knee replacements are being monitored by each regional health authority in the province and reported four times per year to the Department of Health and Community Services.   A benchmark of 182 days has been set down by Health Canada as a reasonable length of time a patient in Canada should wait for total knee replacement surgery.

The wait times are reported based on completed cases. As a total knee replacement is an elective procedure, some patients chose to wait for their surgery for personal or family reasons.   These patients are included as completed cases, but their wait time is excluded from those used to determine the median wait time. Personal preference is sometimes the reason for the longer wait and is not a reflection of the service being provided.

 Western Memorial Regional Hospital  
Knee Replacement 72.5  days
Benchmark Met 97.8 %
Total Performed in FY 2015-16 147
Median Wait Time as of March 31, 2016
* Indicates the percentage of cases completed within the benchmark of 182 days