There are many different types of arthritis. The most common need for a knee replacement is due to osteoarthritis. Sometimes osteoarthritis can be very severe; it can cause severe pain, limit mobility, and impede one's quality of life. Your family physician may refer you to the Total Joint Assessment Centre (TJAC). Based on your assessments, you may be recommended for a total knee replacement surgery on one or both knees.
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North York General’s health care team provides tips to prepare you for your first visit to the Total Joint Assessment Centre (TJAC). Click the arrow to see the video.
You should arrange for a family member or friend to be your Coach. This person should come with you to all of your appointments if possible. A Coach is not only available for support, they are also a second set of ears to help understand what to expect each step along the way.

Deciding to have surgery done can be a difficult decision for some patients. However having a knee replacement will improve your quality of life, independence, and overall health. A clinician at the Total Joint Assessment Centre or surgeon will be able to further describe the risks and complications should you have any questions.

Not every patient is ready for surgery, whether it is based on your assessments at TJAC or if you are undecided to go ahead with the procedure. There are also activities patients can do to help manage pain and symptoms while waiting for surgery. Learn more

Learn more about the Total Joint Assessment Centre.

Do you have any questions or concerns? Contact the Hip and Knee Patient Navigator at 416-756-6000 ext. 4490 or email Hipknee.Navigator@nygh.on.ca.
Learn more about the Hip and Knee Patient Navigator.