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


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


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.

Prepearing for your Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery at SHN


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

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


Community resources and support