Priority levels and target wait times for orthopedic surgeries in Ontario are set by surgeons, specialists and health care administrators across the province, based on clinical evidence, to guide treatment decisions and to improve patient access and outcomes.
Wait times for orthopedic surgeries, including knee replacements and hip replacements, in Ontario are measured and reported for two periods. (Data excludes patients who did not have the surgery after their first appointment with a surgeon.)
Time to patient's first orthopedic surgical appointment: How long the patient waits from a surgeon or central intake office receiving the referral from the patient's doctor, to the patient's first orthopedic surgical appointment.
Time from decision to having orthopedic surgery: How long the patient waits from deciding with the surgeon to proceed with the surgery, to having the orthopedic surgery.