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Arthroplasty Information on the Internet

Arthroplasty is "the surgical reconstruction or replacement of a painful, degenerated joint, to restore mobility in osteoparthritis or rheumatoid arthritis or to correct a congenital deformity. Either the bones of the joint are reshaped and soft tissue or a metal disk is placed between the reshaped ends, or all or part of the joint is replaced with a metal or plastic prosthesis." (Mosby's Medical, Nursing & Allied Health Dictionary. 5th ed. St. Louis: Mosby, 1998)


There are many web sites on the Internet that give information on joint replacement. The sites listed here are highly regarded for the quality of their information; many are government sites so they do not endorse a specific product or course of treatment. Sites listed were active and evaluated at the time this document was developed.


PLEASE NOTE: Inclusion of a site in this list does not constitute endorsement of specific therapies or products discussed. You need to review the information presented carefully and should always work with your health care provider to decide on a safe and effective course of treatment.


Internet Resources

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons


This site is intended for both professionals and the general public and is maintained by the AAOS. It contains information on orthopaedic conditions and treatments, injury prevention, and wellness and exercise. Fact sheets, brochures and booklets are all available online.


Arthritis Foundation


Provides information on current research; news; the Foundation's activities; resources; and publications of the Arthritis Foundation (USA). The magazine "Arthritis Today" is available online.


Arthritis Society


Includes general information on the various types of arthritis; Arthritis Society programs and resources; listing of clinical trials; support groups; and links to other Internet resources. Back issues of "Arthritis Today " online.


Bone and Joint Health Network


Your ultimate resource for news and information about activities that have been happening in Orthopaedic care across Ontario.


Canada's Food Guide


Health Canada's guide to healthy eating.


Canadian Joint Replacement Registry (CJRR)


The CJRR is Canada's leading source of comparative information on the delivery of hip and knee replacement surgeries. Through the CJRR, CIHI is helping orthopedic surgeons and health care managers to evaluate clinical procedures; and monitor the progress of joint replacement recipients over time.


Canadian Orthopaedic Association

The COA is dedicated to providing the support and information you need to be a proactive participant in your treatment decisions. The site includes Patient Education Resources which provide sound medical information that is easy to read, easy to understand, and has been developed with patients in mind.


Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation

For both patients and health providers- see the patient education section for a well-developed list of resources you can print.


Edheads- Activate Your Mind


Perform your own virtual hip and knee replacement surgery!


Hamilton Health Sciences



Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network

Learn about our LHIN responsible for planning, integrating and funding health care providers, including community mental health and addictions agencies, community support services, community health centres, Community Care Access Centres, long-term care homes and hospitals within our geographic boundaries.


Hamilton Public Library

Connect to the Health Reference Centre using your library card. To locate specific books, videos, search keywords such as hip replacement, arthritis in the online catalogue.


Health Canada

Includes government resources; search the A-Z index for useful information on arthritis.




A consumer oriented resource offering information on arthritis and links to support groups, videos, related conditions, and more. Search the alphabetical list for best retrieval.


Medline Plus

The National Library of Medicine's resource for consumer health information. Select Health Topics then Bones, Joints and Muscles; see also the interactive tutorials on hip and knee replacement.


My Joint Replacement


Excellent Canadian website to guide and support you and your family as you move through the joint replacement experience - starting from the pre-operative visit through the surgery itself and finally to recovery and rehabilitation.


Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care



Osteoporosis Canada


The Osteoporosis Society of Canada's website. Includes a vast array of information on osteoporosis to educate, empower and support individuals and communities in the risk-reduction and treatment of osteoporosis.


Public Health Agency of Canada

The Public Health Agency of Canada is a federally sponsored site that provides links, through partnership arrangements, with an impressive array of primarily Canadian sites on health. Select A-Z Index then search for arthritis, osteoporosis, etc.



Regional Joint Assessment Program


Find out information about the Regional Total Joint Assessment Centre, Hamilton Site located at Hamilton Health Sciences Chedoke Hospital, Wilcox Building.


St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton






Choose Diseases and Conditions under Medical Information or type arthroplasty or joint replacement in the search box.



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