Support for people waiting on hip or knee replacement surgery

Information on what to do if you’re waiting on a hip or knee replacement

If you’re on a waiting list for a hip or knee replacement, there are resources and advice to help you stay as fit and healthy as possible.

Improving your physical and mental health

Working to improve your physical and mental wellbeing before surgery can:

  • help you to stay strong and mobile
  • prevent additional physical and mental health problems
  • help you to cope with surgery and the recovery afterwards

Where to get further support

To get further advice and support on your condition, speak to a healthcare professional.

If you have any questions before your surgery, contact your surgeon for advice.

The charity Versus Arthritis also has further information on support available across Scotland.

Support at work

A long-term condition may mean that you need extra support at work.

Speak to your employer to arrange an occupational health assessment. This will give you information on potential changes in the workplace that’ll improve your safety and comfort.

You can also speak to your GP about getting workplace adaptations.

Travel support

If you struggle to get around by car, it could be helpful to apply for a Blue Badge. This will allow you to park closer to where you’re going.

How to apply for a blue badge

Financial support

If your condition means that you’re unable to work due to severe pain or mobility problems, financial support is available.

The charity Versus Arthritis has further information on the types of financial support available.

What to do if your condition gets worse

Conditions like arthritis will cause a fluctuation in symptoms. This means the symptoms will sometimes be worse or better than normal.

If you find that your symptoms are getting significantly worse then speak to your surgeon for advice.

After your operation

Following healthy lifestyle advice before and after your surgery will help to improve the chance of a successful operation.


  • gently increase your activity levels
  • try strength exercises
  • manage your weight
  • eat healthily
  • seek advice on how to support your mental wellbeing