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About This Website

The focus of this website is the orthopaedic patient experience - before, during, and after surgery.

It is designed to help provide you and your family with better health care. It also offers advice that will help patients manage their pain, get better results from their operation, and make healthy lifestyle choices. In some cases, making changes such as losing weight based on advice from your surgeon can make you ready to have surgery sooner.

How to use this web site

This website helps you prepare for your hip and knee joint replacement surgery, your stay in hospital, and your recovery at home. It includes information and resources in a variety of formats, including photos, checklists and videos. We hope it meets your needs.

We are constantly looking to improve, and we welcome your feedback. You can contact us at


This website is a collaboration of the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness and the Nova Scotia District Health Authorities. Production of this website has been made possible through a financial contribution from Health Canada. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of Health Canada.

This website was developed by collaborating with health professionals offering orthopaedic services throughout Nova Scotia. Patients and educators were also key contributors.

We would like to acknowledge some content was adapted by permission from Hamilton Health Sciences, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Capital District Health Authority, Pictou County Health Authority, Cape Breton District Health Authority, and Annaplois Valley Health Authority.

The content is based upon a review of orthopaedic surgery patient information, orthopaedic websites, and research of best practices.

The information on this site should never over rule the directions or advice you have received from our Surgeon or any member of your healthcare team.