A wait time is the amount of time you have to wait for your surgery or exam to be completed. Your wait time is measured from the time your surgery or exam is booked until the time you receive it.
A wait list is a list of people who need special medical care such as hip and knee joint replacement surgery.
Anyone who needs a treatment that has a wait list is placed on the list, unless it is an emergency. Emergency patients are treated as quickly as possible.
How long you have to wait depends on:
To find out wait times information, by surgery, go to the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care website for
For your hip or knee assessment, you and your family doctor will have the option of choosing:
The RJAP team will discuss many issues with you at your assessment appointment, including treatment options. For some people, hip or knee joint replacement surgery will be an option. You will be given the choice to be referred to the first available surgeon for your surgery, or in other words a surgeon with the shortest wait list in the region to perform your surgery.
This may mean traveling to another location or city within the region. In some cases, the surgeon you see for your RJAP assessment will be the surgeon with the shortest wait time to perform your surgery. It is your decision to be referred to the first available surgeon or to stay with the surgeon that completed your assessment.
Visit the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care website to learn about frequently asked questions about surgical wait times.