In Canada there are two categories of orthopaedic waiting lists.


The wait time to see an orthopaedic surgeon for the first time.

This represents the length of time that you’re told by a receptionist when you call a surgeon’s office.

“Please be advised that the current wait time to see the surgeon is _______ months”.

Unfortunately,  it’s estimated that up to 75% of patients sitting on a wait list to see an orthopaedic  surgeon in Canada,  do not need  surgery and are clogging up wait lists for patients who actually need to see a surgeon and surgery.   

For Canadians who want to see an orthopaedic surgeon as quickly as possible, there are orthopaedic surgeons in Canada and the United States  who provide private initial consultations.

To learn if you need to see a surgeon or not, I invite you to watch and share the video below.


The wait time to undergo orthopaedic surgery.

This represents the length of time between the date a surgeon offers surgery to a patient and the date a patient undergoes surgery.

Unfortunately, the demand for patients who need orthopaedic surgery in Canada is greater than the capacity of the Canadian healthcare system to perform the surgery… resulting in  “surgical waiting lists”.

To explore surgical wait times in your province, I invite you to visit the lists below.

For Canadians who want to undergo surgery as quickly as possible , there are private surgery options both within Canada and the United States.




Surgical Wait Times In Canada 


Surgical wait times represent the time between the date  a surgeon offers surgery to the date you actually undergo the surgery.