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Wheaton Franciscan healthcare to offer total joint camp to patients

April 15, 2012
Reinbeck Courier

Program to Prepare Patients for Total Joint Replacement Surgery

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare is offering a new program to help patients having a total joint replacement prepare for a successful surgery and follow up care. A Total Joint Camp will be held every fourth Monday of each month, at 7:00 p.m. in the West Dining Room at Sartori Memorial Hospital. This program provides patient education in preparation of their upcoming surgery.

The program will include a brief presentation from a Covenant Clinic orthopedic surgeon, and from others who work in related areas including nursing (as it pertains to admissions and pre/post op surgery), discharge planning, and rehabilitation therapy. As patients become more informed, they can play an important role to advance the recovery and healing process.

"Surgeons often give instructions on how to prepare for surgery and exercises that are required before and after surgery to help strengthen the joint," said Dr. Christopher Eagan, orthopedic surgeon with Covenant Clinic at Sartori. "Compliance on these instructions is so important, so offering this camp allows for discussion to cover the patient's questions before the surgery."

Patients and a family member or caregiver should attend. The caregiver will play an important role as "coach' to ensure the patient is motivated to eat healthy, do all the proper exercises and to assist the patient at home after the surgery. Representatives from other departments (i.e. home health) will have booths to provide handouts and additional information for attendees. The seminar is free and patients can call 319.272.CARE (2273) for more information.



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