There are two categories of “wait lists” in Orthopaedics.
1. Wait List / Wait Time to see a Orthopaedic Surgeon:
The first “wait time” is the length of time between when a surgeon receives a referral letter from a physician to the date when the patient is physically seen for the first time by a surgeon.
Just because a patient is offered an appointment with a surgeon does not mean the patient will be offered surgery.
Only after a surgeon examines a patient face-to-face can they determine if surgery is indicated.
2. Wait Time / Wait Time to Undergo Surgery:
The second “wait time” is the length of time between the date a patient signs documents to proceed with surgery to the date when the patient actually undergoes surgery.
This data is collected and reported by provincial health organizations and is available free of charge by each provincial health authority (see links below).
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