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Joint Camp

Welcome to the Mercy Joint Camp. Frog-JointCamp-PlusBandage-02.jpg

This “camp” is to help you prepare for and manage your recovery from your joint replacement surgery.  As part of your camp experience, you will need to choose a camp buddy to help you during your hospital stay and after you return home.  Make sure your camp buddy comes with you to each camp session described below.

Session 1:  Day Camp

Camp will start with a group class about 2 weeks prior to your surgery.   Don’t worry, we won’t be singing camp songs (unless you really want to).  During the class you will learn what you will need to know about your surgery, hospital stay and recovery at home.  This will include:

  • Joint Camp Orientation
  • Presentations from Physical and Occupational Therapy
  • Demonstrations of equipment you may need during your recovery
  • Pre-Registration for your surgery
  • Enrollment in the MyHealthRecord patient portal so you can view your medical records online.
  • Your Pre-Surgery Instructions
  • Virtual Tour of the places you will visit during your hospital stay.
  • Lunch!!

During your Joint Camp class, you will meet other people who will be going through the same surgery you will.  You will likely see some of these same people during your hospital stay after your surgery.  We encourage you to get to know them since they can become a great support system for you. 

Session 2: In-Home Camp

After you have attended Day Camp, you will need to prepare for your surgery. 

  • Review your handbook.  This will help you understand what will happen the day of your surgery and during your recovery period.
  • Spend time practicing the exercises, including your breathing exerciser, that you will need to do as part of your recovery.  Building some strength and flexibility before surgery will help you recover more quickly.
  • One or two days before your surgery, you will receive a phone call from your surgery team to give you your final instructions before your big day.
  • Pack some things to entertain you and your family members during your hospital stay.  We will keep you fairly busy with activities but you will have some down-time so make sure you bring something to do.  Some suggestions include:  deck of cards, books and magazines, word puzzle books and a laptop or a tablet, such as an iPad.   Remember, Mercy – North Iowa provides free wireless internet to our patients and guests and if you are signed up for our patient portal, you can view your lab results during your hospital stay on your own computer.

Session 3:  Hospital Camp

This is the exciting part of your Joint Camp experience - the day when your joint will get fixed so you can begin to get back to the activities you enjoy.  

Since you pre-registered for your surgery during the Day Camp, you can head straight to the Surgery Waiting Room on the 2nd floor of East Campus as soon as you arrive on the day of your surgery.  Just check in at the volunteer desk.

After surgery, you will be taken to a room on our 5th floor on the West end of our building.  We call it 5West. 

Some of the activities you can expect during your overnight camp experience are:

  • Group or individual therapy

Camp Amenities include:

  • Private rooms with plenty of room for your family members to sit and visit.
  • Free wireless internet (bring your laptop or tablet).
  • Flatscreen TV’s with cable.
  • Meal menu options.
  • Family members can order meal delivered to your room.
  • Heated Blankets available upon request.
  • Communication boards keep you informed of your nursing staff and any special instructions.

Post-Camp Activities

You may need some assistance once you return home.  Your camp buddy should continue to provide support by checking on you often and assisting you with getting up, when necessary.  You may also require additional resources such as, medical supplies, home health services and physical or occupational therapy.  Mercy can provide both of those services.
Find out more here:
 - Mercy Home Therapy Shoppe
 - Mercy Home Health
 - Mercy Rehabilitation Services 

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