Knee Replacement Wait Times

What is the wait time to have a knee replacement?

On average you can expect to wait*:

18 weeks from your appointment when you and your surgeon decided that you needed knee replacement surgery.

The wait time may vary depending on your surgeon as wait times can be longer with some surgeons than with others. The choice of surgeon is made by you and your family physician considering their current wait times and your particular needs.

How is the wait time measured?

The wait time measured is from the date your surgery is booked until the date of your surgery.

This does not include the wait time from your visit with your family physician and the referral received for an appointment to see an orthopedic surgeon.

This chart displays the wait time measured as being from the time of appointment with a surgeon and decision for surgery has been determined until the time surgery is completed.

What surgeons offer orthopedic surgical services?

  • Dr. John Campbell
  • Dr. G. Stewart Campbell
  • Dr. Stephen Miller
  • Dr. Cai Wadden
  • Dr. Scott Wotherspoon

For contact information, visit the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Prince Edward Island.

What influences a wait time?

Your wait time may be influenced by:

  • your own request or cancellation of surgery;
  • surgeons vacation/time-off;
  • holidays; or
  • operating room slow down (e.g. in summer months).

What is the wait time data?

Total Knee Replacement Surgery Wait Time Distribution Data [PDF | 94 KB] (April 2011 – September 2016)  
Total Knee Replacement Surgery Quarterly Comparison Wait Time Data [PDF | 100 KB] (April 2008 – September 2016)  

* This estimate is based on data collected between January and September 2016 from the SurgiNet System.


Published date: 
March 3, 2017
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