Wait Times for Hip and Knee Replacement
With joint replacements, we measure two different “waiting” periods:
- the wait for the surgeon consult, and
- the wait to receive surgery.
These are not passive waiting periods, since treatments and preparation for care are often delivered in this time.
There are several ways to describe waiting times; we use the following:
- LONGEST 10%: (also called the 90th percentile) captures the point at which 90 percent of people received service. It describes the upper limit of time that one can expect to wait.
- AVERAGE: mathematical mean; describes the typical wait one can expect.
- SHORTEST 25%: the point at which the fastest quarter of people received service. This describes the quickest one can expect to wait.
Data Sources: Hip and Knee Clinics and Alberta Health Services Hospital Data.
Wait for Surgeon Consult
The wait for consult begins on the day that the surgeon's office received the referral. All results are reported in weeks.
|Wait for Consult (weeks)||JAN-MAR 2018||APR-JUN 2018||JUL-SEP 2018||OCT-DEC 2018||JAN-MAR 2019|
|Longest 10% (90th Percentile)||52.0||51.9||51.2||50.9||51.1|
|Surgeon Consults (#)||2160||2986||1937||2217||2483|
Wait for Surgery
|Wait for Hip Surgery (weeks)||JAN-MAR 2018||APR-JUN 2018||JUL-SEP 2018||OCT-DEC 2018||JAN-MAR 2019|
|Longest 10% (90th Percentile)||41.3||44.3||45.3||47.1||47.9|
|Wait for Knee Surgery (weeks)||JAN-MAR 2018||APR-JUN 2018||JUL-SEP 2018||OCT-DEC 2018||JAN-MAR 2019|
|Longest 10% (90th Percentile)||48.4||51.4||53.4||54.9||56.2|