There are two categories of orthopaedic wait times in Canada.
#1 – Wait-time to see a surgeon for an initial assessment.
The first wait time is from the moment a surgeon receives a referral letter from your physician to the date of an initial appointment. Provincial health authorities typically do not report the first wait time because this wait time depends on an individual surgeon’s office schedule and number of referrals. The appointment date and time of your initial appointment will be communicated by the surgeon in a letter to both your physician and yourself.
#2 – Wait-time to when you actually undergo surgery.
The second wait time is from the date your surgeon offers you surgery in their office to the date you undergo surgery. Provincial health authorities record and report this wait time by one or more of the following; name of the surgical procedure. hospital, health region, the name of the surgeon. When reading tables, look for drop down menus that allow you to sort wait-times.
Terry Kane, Registered Physiotherapist (Alberta) /OrthopaedicsCanada.com