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 or watch the online educational videos 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.
Surgery education camps are offered online, as well as in-person (not available for shoulder surgery) for your convenience. If you choose to have an online experience you will receive an email from your care team that provides a link to the videos, as well as an assessment that must be completed for credit prior to your surgery. You may also access the videos by clicking the appropriate camp below.
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.