How long are surgery waits in Hamil­ton, Burling­ton?

Some ex­ceed On­tario av­er­age, oth­ers far off, new on­line site shows

The Hamilton Spectator - - FRONT PAGE - JOANNA FRKETICH

Waits are long for hip and knee re­place­ment surgery in Hamil­ton, but fast for heart pro­ce­dures.

It’s too slow to get cataract surgery in Burling­ton, while lung can­cer pa­tients don’t wait at all to see a Hamil­ton sur­geon.

On­tario made en­hanced wait time in­for­ma­tion avail­able on­line to the pub­lic Thurs­day.

Be­low is a snap­shot of how long it takes to get surgery lo­cally.

Ortho­pe­dic surgery THE BOT­TOM LINE

It was faster to get hip and knee re­place­ment surgery in Burling­ton than Hamil­ton.

THE WORST RE­SULTS

Waits were too high for hip and knee re­place­ments at St. Joseph’s in May.

Pa­tients waited 191 days on av­er­age for surgery, which is above On­tario’s tar­get of 182 days.

Hamil­ton Health Sciences also has lengthy de­lays of 154 days com­pared to the pro­vin­cial av­er­age of 120 days.

Only about half the pa­tients at HHS and St. Joseph’s got knee re­place­ment within the prov­ince’s tar­get times. On­tario’s av­er­age is three-quar­ters.

The waits aren’t much bet­ter for hip re­place­ment surgery. It took 185 days on av­er­age for pa­tients at St. Joseph’s to get their op­er­a­tion, which is again above the tar­get.

Waits were also high at HHS with an av­er­age of 156 days com­pared to the prov­ince’s 114 days.

Closer to 60 per cent of Hamil­ton pa­tients got their hip re­place­ment within the tar­get.

But it was still well off On­tario’s 77 per cent.

Shoul­der surgery also had longer waits than av­er­age at HHS and Joseph Brant; while St. Joseph’s had de­lays in knee arthroscopy.

It takes longer than av­er­age to get an ap­point­ment for fore­foot surgery at HHS, while waits are high to get the op­er­a­tion at St. Joseph’s.

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