TJAC was formed to shorten wait times for patients in our community who may require hip or knee replacement surgery.
Our diverse team of expert orthopaedic clinicians cares for patients every step of the way. Following an early consultation for assessment and diagnosis, patients receive either surgical or non-surgical treatment options.If you need surgery, TJAC lets you choose your preferred surgeon, hospital, or the soonest available surgical date.
Enhancing the patient experience
The centre provides patients with an early consultation for assessment and diagnosis. A patient should receive an appointment with TJAC within two weeks of the referral. On the first visit, a patient is assessed by a clinician — an experienced orthopaedic nurse or physiotherapist. A comprehensive assessment includes physical, social and lifestyle status. Patients identified as surgical candidates will move on to see an orthopaedic surgeon at a second visit to finalize the decision. This second appointment should be within another two to three weeks.
Options to reduce wait times
Patients assessed at the centre as being candidates for surgery will have options that can reduce their wait time. They may choose surgery with the surgeon of their choice at the hospital of their choice, or with the first available surgeon at either of the two hospitals.
If the assessment determines a patient is either not ready or unwilling to consider surgery, a plan of care will be developed to help the patient and primary care physician manage their condition (e.g. pain control, weight management) to maintain or improve their level of functioning and overall health status.
From a patient's perspective, other factors can affect their willingness to have surgery, such as living circumstances, employment status, age, other health conditions and social support structures.
Referrals to the Total Joint Assessment Centre must be made by a physician or a family doctor.
Resources and videos
Patient Guide: Total Hip Replacement Surgery
Patient Guide: Total Knee Replacement Surgery
Video: Total Hip Replacement Surgery at NYGH
The health care team from the orthopaedic department discusses important information to prepare patients for hip replacement surgery. Watch the video (44:52).
Video: Total Knee Replacement Surgery at NYGH
The health care team from the orthopaedic department discusses important information to prepare patients for knee replacement surgery. Watch the video (40:46)