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Wait Time Information - Total Knee Replacement Surgery

Q: What is a knee replacement?
A knee replacement (total knee replacement) is an orthopedic surgical procedure in which the end of your thigh bone (femur), the top of your shin bone (tibia), and the back of your kneecap are replaced with man-made parts called prostheses.

Q: Where will I be referred to have this surgery?
Ask your doctor/specialist where you can have your knee replacement surgery, as this procedure is performed in the following hospitals:
Eastern Health
General Hospital - Health Sciences Centre – St. John’s
St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital – St. John’s
Central Health
James Paton Memorial Hospital – Gander
Western Health
Western Memorial Regional Hospital – Corner Brook
Labrador-Grenfell Health
Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital – St. Anthony

Q: How are wait times measured?
For this operation, the wait time is measured from when you and your orthopaedic surgeon decide to proceed with surgery to when the procedure is completed.

Q: What is the benchmark wait time for hip replacement surgery?
The national benchmark for knee replacement is 182 days. This means that orthopaedic surgeons and the health regions are working together to perform the majority of knee replacements within the 182-day target. The most recent wait times for knee replacement surgery in the RHAs are:

Table 1: Knee Replacement Surgery by Region for Q3 (October 1 to December 31, 2010-2011)


Eastern Health
Central Health
Western Health
Labrador-Grenfell Health

Wait Time Information

Number of knee replacement procedures completed





5 out of 10 patients had surgery within this number of days

257 days

47 days

55 days

35 days

9 out of 10 patients had surgery within this number of days

544 days

102 days

144 days

76 days

Percentage of patients who had surgery within 182 days




100% in 113 d

Data source: Regional Health Authorities, Newfoundland and Labrador.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Wait Times - Total Knee Replacement
Date: May/15/2011

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