Update to phone lines at our Birchmount and General Hospitals: If calling through Birchmount main line (416-495-2400), add “7” when dialing an extension. If calling through General main line (416-438-2911), add “8” when dialing an extension.

Hip and Knee Replacement Education

Know what to expect and prepare for your joint replacement surgery to achieve the best outcome.

Live Education Session

Join us virtually for a live education session

This highly recommended online education session will be led by a physiotherapist and a nurse. They will discuss important information to help you prepare for your hip and knee replacement surgery.

Attend online on Microsoft Teams:

Every Friday, 2 – 3 p.m. EST
Please note there will be no class on May 24 or May 31, 2024.

Disclaimer: SHN is committed to ensuring that the personal health information of our patients and the personal information of our users are collected, used, and disclosed appropriately and safeguarded to ensure privacy. Patients that choose to attend online education sessions with a live presenter should be mindful not to share personal health information in an open forum. Education sessions are provided for informational purposes only and are not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you have or suspect you have a health problem, please consult your physician or if you are experiencing a health emergency, promptly visit a hospital Emergency Department in your area.

Get Ready for Surgery

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 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.

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.

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.

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:

Plan Your Physiotherapy

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.

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.

  • 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

Your Physiotherapy Options

The Patient Navigator will call you two to three days before your surgery to plan and discuss your physiotherapy options for after surgery.

Come to our clinic at Centenary Hospital (2867 Ellesmere Road). Our hours of operation are from Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Our physiotherapists are highly skilled and provide excellent care. They also know the surgeons well and understand their expectations for your recovery.

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 if that is more convenient for you.

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.


Frequently Asked Questions

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