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Physiotherapy after your surgery is very important for you to participate in the hospital and once you return home. It is your responsibility to ensure that BEFORE surgery, arrangements have been made and transportation organized for you to have physiotherapy. Discuss your options for physiotherapy at your pre-admission clinic appointment at University Hospital. 

Many patients from London will attend the Orthopaedic Physiotherapy ambulatory clinic located in the basement at University Hospital. Once you return home from surgery, a secretary from the Physiotherapy Department will call to set up an appointment. There is no cost to patients attending physiotherapy at University Hospital.

If you choose not to attend physiotherapy at University Hospital once you’ve returned home, start at a physiotherapy clinic as directed/discussed at your pre-admission appointment and with your physiotherapist in the hospital. 

  • Continue with the exercises outlined by your physiotherapist in the hospital until your first physiotherapy appointment.

Once you attend physiotherapy in the community, your therapist will progress you with other exercises that will continue to improve your strength and movement of your leg. The frequency of visits to physiotherapy in the community depends on the progress you are making and your ability to exercise on your own. This is something you should discuss with your physiotherapist on your first visit to the clinic.

For patients that are not having a primary joint replacement (i.e., are having a revision joint surgery) a list of publicly funded and private pay physiotherapy clinics in the region can be found at Southwest Healthline. Please do not use this list if you are having a primary joint replacement and require funded physiotherapy.