Joint Camp

The Orthopedic Hospital - Joint  Camp

Learn More about Joint Replacement at The Orthopedic Hospital's Joint Camp

Anyone undergoing their first total hip or total knee replacement at The Orthopedic Hospital attends an educational session called Joint Camp the week prior to surgery. This free session is taught by orthopedic nurses and gives patients time to ask questions and better understand the process - from presurgery through recovery.

What to Expect Before, During and After Joint Replacement Procedures

Joint Camp is designed to educate patients undergoing a total hip or total knee replacement about what to expect before, during and after the procedure. In addition, patients attend breakout sessions where they meet with the following experts:

  • Anesthesiologist
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Pharmacist
  • Physical therapist
  • Social services representative

Get Questions Answered at Joint Camp

At Joint Camp, team members answer commonly asked questions about hip and knee replacement surgery. This educational experience covers:

  • What to expect upon arrival at the hospital
  • What to expect before, during and after surgery
  • Anesthesia and pain control options during surgery
  • Review of current medications and medications administered during hospitalization, including vemous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis
  • Therapy expectations during hospitalization
  • Pain management plans
  • Equipment needs
  • A final meeting with a nurse practitioner to review the surgical plan and physician consultations

Buddy Program Helps Educate Patient and Loved Ones

The Orthopedic Hospital's Buddy Program was developed to provide additional information to the loved one - or buddy - of a joint replacement patient. This "buddy" participates in the patient's care plan before and after surgery, which can lead to a more successful surgery and home recovery.

Anyone can be a buddy. The most important qualification is to be committed to understanding the patient's needs before and after surgery. Buddies are encouraged to actively participate in the care plan by:

  • Attending all doctor's appointments
  • Being present before and after surgery
  • Participating in physical therapy
  • Spending time in the hospital
  • Helping the patient remember instructions given by the healthcare team
  • Assisting with home care after discharge
  • Helping the patient remember the importance of asking for assistance to prevent falls

Questions about Joint Camp?

If you have questions or would like to learn more about Joint Camp, please call preadmission testing at (260) 435-6722.