First Outpatient Knee Replacement Operations in Canada

On March 16, 2018 the first two outpatient knee replacement operations were successfully conducted at Women’s College Hospital.

This is the first exclusively outpatient joint replacement program that we are aware of in Canada. Both patients underwent full knee replacement and ambulated out of the hospital, under their own power, in less than 5 hours from the conclusion of their surgery.

The success of this program is an example of what is possible with the collaboration and cooperation of all members of the health care team including Anesthesia, Nursing, Social Work, Physiotherapy as well as the Surgical team. The addition of a high-quality technology in the form of an app which allows constant communication between the patient and the medical team, whenever needed, contributed to our patients’ level of comfort and confidence.

We look forward to continued success and eventual growth this program. In the long term we aim to provide high quality arthroplasty surgery to appropriately selected patients while reducing cost to the healthcare system.