June 20,  2019 — The number of Canadians having joint replacements has increased over the past 5 years, with 130,000 surgeries now performed annually. This includes repeat surgeries (also known as revision surgeries), which cost more than original joint replacement surgeries and require patients to stay in hospital longer.

Learn more about clinical information and patient outcomes for hip and knee replacement and revision surgeries in Canada.

Key highlights

  • Almost 59,000 hip replacements and more than 70,000 knee replacements were performed in Canada in 2017–2018. This represents an increase of 17.4% and 17%, respectively, over the last 5 years.
  • More than 9,700 hip and knee revision surgeries were performed last year, representing 8.2% and 6.9%, respectively, of all joint replacement surgeries in Canada.
  • The average inpatient cost of a revision surgery was about $17,000 — almost 80% higher than the cost of a primary joint replacement.
  • Patients spent an average of 9 days in the hospital after a revision surgery. This is more than double the length of a hospital stay for a primary joint replacement.