Surgery education camps are required for patients preparing to have a total joint (hip/knee) replacement, total shoulder replacement, and spine surgery.

The camps are designed to help further prepare you for surgery. Knowing what to expect before, during and after surgery, including the recovery process, is important for a successful outcome.

Research shows that attending a surgery education camp helps reduce pre and post-surgery anxiety, decrease post-operative pain, improve outcomes, reduce time in hospital, and increase likelihood of going home earlier.

What to expect

Camps are taught by our orthopaedic team, including nurses and therapists. They will outline how we treat most patients. Although you might have special conditions that change how we approach your surgery or other parts of your care, what you learn should help you to understand what to expect in the days before and immediately after your surgery.

Surgery education camp helps patients:

  • Learn more about surgery and treatment plans.
  • Get prepared for your surgery.
  • Know what to expect during and after your hospital stay.
  • Have an understanding of what will happen with therapy.
  • Recognize preferred discharge plans.

We recommend having a dedicated surgery coach attend education camp with you. This could be a family member, friend or neighbor — someone who can provide you support and assist you after surgery. Having a good support system is very important in your recovery and can also lead to better outcomes and satisfaction. Read our caregiver FAQs.

Our staff members are here to answer your questions and to help you prepare for your surgery. We look forward to helping you regain your quality of life.

When should I come to camp?

Prior to your surgery, you will be scheduled for a pre-anesthesia clinic visit. Whenever possible, we will schedule this on the same day as your education camp. During your pre-op visit, you will meet with a health care provider who will make sure all of your diagnostic testing (x-ray, MRI) has been completed and that all of your medical history has been obtained and documented. During this visit, you may also meet with an anesthesia provider and have laboratory testing (blood and urinalysis), an electrocardiogram (EKG), and a chest x-ray.

If you have questions, need to reschedule or want to attend education camp on a different day, please call 573-882-BONE or talk to your doctor.

Total Joint (Hip and Knee) Camp

In-person: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday to Thursday at Conference Room 2257, Missouri Orthopaedic Institute (Directions)

Online option: Coming soon.

Meet the teams:
•James Keeney, MD, Michelle Lamb, RN, and Ellen Hummert, BSS
•Ajay Aggarwal, MD, Katie Quilty, RN
•Brett Crist, MD, Victoria Yates, RN
•Mauricio Kfuri, MD, Angela Ritter, RN

Patient Guide: Joint Replacement Patient Guide (PDF)

Patient FAQ: Joint Replacement Patient FAQ (PDF)

Contact: 573-882-BONE or 573-882-6449

Spine Camp

In-person: 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Wednesday at Conference Room 2252, Missouri Orthopaedic Institute (Directions)

Online option: Sign up for spine camp

Meet the teams:
•Ted Choma, MD, Arlene Roderick, BSS
•Don Moore, MD, Trina Hermann, MA, CST, ROT, OTC
•Fassil Mesfin, MD, Melanie Dollens, RN
•Muhammad Mirza, MD, Alexandra Bankovich, ATC
•Farhan Siddiq, MD, Laura Cunningham, MSN, APRN, NP-C
•Thorkild Norregaard, MD, Stacey Jett, RN

Patient Guide: Spine Surgery Patient Guide (PDF)

Patient FAQ: Spine Surgery Patient FAQ (PDF)

Contact: 573-884-BACK

Shoulder Camp

Online option: Sign up for shoulder camp

Meet the team:
•Matthew J. Smith, MD, Zack Riessen, ATC, OTC, MEd
•H. Mike Kim, MD, Courtney Sulltrop, RN
•Madison Pearson, office support assistant

Patient FAQ: Shoulder Surgery Patient FAQs (PDF)

Contact: 573-882-BONE or 573-882-0924