To access ASAP and the APP teams, a referral from a family physician, or nurse practitioner, to a local orthopedic central intake office (Vancouver, Richmond or North Vancouver) is required.
Pre-Op education is a mandatory education session for people who are having total joint replacement surgery. It gives you an opportunity to ask any questions that you might have about your surgery and to find out specific details about what will happen on your surgery day
You will be contacted by your local Hip and Knee ASAP Program to attend this free session If you have a confirmed surgery date and haven’t been contacted, please email us at:
Pre-Op is currently offered virtually or in-person. The session is approximately 1 hour long.
Your hospital stay after surgery will be short, so it is important to prepare your home and get any necessary equipment before the surgery date.
Move any items that could make you trip (e.g. area rugs, cords) as you move through your home with your walking aid. Ensure that your stairs have railings. Prepare your meals in advance; stock up on instant, easy-to-prepare food, or arrange for meal delivery.
For people having knee surgery, a higher surface makes it easier for you to get up and down. For people having hip surgery, sitting on a higher surface is essential for maintaining your hip precautions.
- 2-wheel walker (NO 4-wheel walkers)
During the pre-op education class, you will learn about what equipment you will need to get before your surgery. Some examples are below:
- Extra-firm cushion (4” x 16” x 18”) for the drive home
- 4-inch raised toilet seat (with or without armrests)
- Tub transfer bench or shower chair
- Non-slip bath mat
- Long-handled shoe horn
- Long-handled reacher
- Sock aid
- Ask family or friends
- Rent or purchase from medical supply stores
- You may be able to purchase walkers or crutches from the inpatient unit when you are in hospital if you are unable to obtain them before your surgery
- Medical Equipment Provision Program (for individuals with financial need). Please contact your family doctor or your local ASAP for more details.