Aerial view of Vancouver General Hospital Campus

This clinic is intended to serve the needs of patients requiring hip and knee replacement and patients with existing replacements requiring further treatment (example: osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia, failed arthroplasty (revisions), avascular necrosis, and hemi arthroplasty.

As part of the surgical triage process for hip and knee osteoarthritis, patient may see an ASAP advanced practice physiotherapist before you seeing an orthopedic surgeon.

The APP will help patients determine if speaking to a surgeon about joint replacement is right for patients. They may also discuss non-surgical treatment strategies for osteoarthritis or how to optimize patients for potential joint surgery.

How to access

  • Check eligibility

    We see patients with hip or knee osteoarthritis who may be considering a joint replacement.

  • Get a referral

    A referral is required.  Have your care provider complete the ​Complex Joint (Reconstructive) Clinic referral form and fax the completed form to (604) 875-4617. 

    ​Complex Joint (Reconstructive) Clinic referral form

    Note for referring professionals: All referrals must include an email address and a radiology report supporting the referrals. All referrals must include height and weight. We do not see patient: soft tissues injuries, meniscal/labral tears, ACL, bunions, shoulders, ankles, or spinal injuries.

Hours of operation

Currently open
  • Monday:   8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday:   8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday:   8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday:   8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday:   8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday:   Closed
  • Sunday:   Closed

How to get here

We are located in station #3 on the 3rd floor of the Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre.

There is pay parking available at our two visitor lots located on the VGH campus:

  • Multi-level parkade at the corner of West 12th Avenue and Laurel Street, across from the main entrance of the Jim Pattison Pavilion.
  • The Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre parking lot is located off of Laurel Street between West 12th and West 13th Avenue.

There is a wheelchair-accessible overpass from the VGH parkade at Level 4 and a crosswalk at Level 2.

Parking rates for VCH facilities

Complex Joint Clinic

Our clinic serves the needs of patients requiring hip and knee replacements and patients with existing replacements requiring further treatment. We strive to see patients as quickly and thoroughly as possible. You may see an advanced practice physiotherapist before you see an orthopedic surgeon as part of the surgical triage process.

The APP will help you determine if speaking to a surgeon about joint replacement is right for you.  You may also discuss non-surgical treatment strategies for osteoarthritis or how to optimize yourself for potential joint replacement surgery.

Vancouver General Hospital (VGH)

Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) offers specialized health-care services to residents in Vancouver and across the province through regional programs. We provide a full range of basic and highly specialized emergency health-care and trauma services to British Columbia.

Hip & Knee Arthritis Surgical Assessment Program (ASAP)

The Hip and Knee Arthritis Surgical Assessment Program (ASAP) is for patients with hip and knee osteoarthritis.