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Health Plus: Joint camp prepares replacement surgery patients

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It's not boot camp, but a new joint camp is giving eastern Iowans a crash course in replacement surgery because so many people these days have a fake knee or hip.

In Health Plus, how patients today are better prepared.

As a department store sales associate, Christie Greenlee needs to be comfortable on her feet.

Thanks to a knee replacement last month, the Cedar Falls woman is getting there.

 "I think it kinda proves to people that you survive it and it's not as bad as I thought it was going to be," said Christie.

Covenant Medical Center's joint camp prepared the 62-year-old for the surgery.

The camp is held once a month at Covenant or, in this case, Sartori Memorial Hospital in Cedar Falls.

"The thing that we have trouble with is the time spot when we see them in the office is we don't have a chance to really cover a lot of the things that we want to. So we bring 'em all together to try to go over some of the expectations and things that they have and allow them to ask questions they may have forgotten in the office so that they can kinda be ready for it prior to the replacement," said Dr. Chris Eagan, an orthopedic surgeon.

In addition to what patients can expect when they arrive at the hospital, joint camp goes over the surgery, recovery, follow-up care, rehabilitation and more.

"It's a big surgery. This is kind of a way to hopefully put the fears to rest so that some of these patients can make a decision earlier so that when they get to the hospital their transition is a lot easier back to home or to a skilled setting," he said.

Joint camp helped prepare Christie for what's turned out to be the right next step to relieve her knee pain.

"After attending this I think it helped prepare me more for what I knew I was gonna go through," she said.

Joint camp usually happens the fourth Monday each month, but this month it's being held Monday, May 21 at 7 p.m. in Sartori's West Dining Room.

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