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Guides and Video for Hip and Knee Replacement Patients

These guides will help you prepare for and recover from your total knee or hip replacement surgery. By taking a few minutes to read this information, you will have the benefit of knowing what to expect when you have your surgery, and what to do during your three- or four-day hospital stay and during your recovery at home.

The Patient Guide to Hip Replacement and the Patient Guide to Knee Replacement are based on care plans approved by a committee of Alberta’s leading orthopaedic surgeons. The guides may not be altered in any way and must be provided in their entirety and intact to patients and other users. Translation of the guides in whole or in part must not alter the meaning or intent of the original text.

Patient Care Plans

Presented in poster format, these patient care plans describe what you can expect of your recovery during your hospital stay after hip or knee replacement surgery. The posters should be available in your hospital room.

Watch a Short Video on Your Surgery or Condition

The following videos are available at MyHealth.Alberta. Click on the links to view:




Learn about Your Bone or Joint Problem

Information on the following common bone and joint conditions is available at MyHealth.Alberta. You can also check your symptoms using a MyHealth.Alberta tool. Click on the links.







Ortho Connect – Talk to Someone Who’s Been through a Surgery Just Like Yours

Preparing for major surgery can be overwhelming. Maybe even a little frightening. Sometimes it helps to talk to someone who has already been through a surgery like yours to get a personal account of what to expect and how best to prepare.

The Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation offers Ortho Connect – a free, telephone-based program of support by patients for patients. Ortho Connect is available to anyone who has been referred for any orthopaedic treatment anywhere in Canada. If you’re a patient who needs surgery or a caregiver to patient, call the Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation now to be matched with a trained volunteer who has had a surgery similar to yours. Call 1-800-461-3639 or apply for the program here.



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