Joint Replacement Surgery Program

All-Inclusive Joint Replacement Surgery Program

Joint Camp is an all-inclusive program that educates you and your family about joint replacement surgery, provides a group therapy experience, and better prepares you to go home and return to normal activities. A better informed patient always responds better. That’s why patients come to Herrin Hospital’s Joint Camp.

How does Joint Camp work?

First, all patients who will be having surgery the same week attend an education class together. The session tells you what to expect from your surgery and the rehabilitation regimen during recovery. It also teaches you what you can do before surgery to help you recover more quickly, including in-home prep to make your home more safe, and strengthening exercises. You are encouraged to bring a coach – a significant other who will attend physical therapy sessions with you. During the pre-op session, you get to know other patients, which can pay off later in some friendly post-surgery support.

What to Expect

Next, you receive a handbook and valuable pre- and post-surgery information, such as medication education, pre- and post-surgery exercises, more information about what to expect in the hospital and discharge planning.

After surgery, physical therapy usually begins with a one-on-one session before you participate in group therapy. We want you to practice getting dressed and moving around while you are in the hospital, to make you feel more confident by the time you get home.

Your Joint Camp Team

Joint Camp patients are cared for by a dedicated team that includes specially-trained orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, occupational therapists, a dedicated nursing staff and case managers. Most patients progress through the program uniformly and in a timely fashion and are discharged by the end of the week.

Through an alliance between the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and Southern Illinois Healthcare, southern Illinoisans have access to the same expert care that has earned RIC the ranking of “Best Rehabilitation Hospital in America” by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1991.

To find a Joint Camp Surgeon, call 618.942.2171 ext. 36200