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Quality Spotlight

The Joint Camp Experience at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital

“Having lived with severe arthritis since age 2, I have undergone well over 15 surgical experiences. I thought I had seen it all. I arrived at Southwest Hospital’s Joint Camp ‘a doubting Thomas,’ and left a believer.”

— Vincent, age 40, total knee replacement surgery Spring 2005

With a patient satisfaction rating in the top 1 percent nationally, the Joint Camp at Memorial Hermann Southwest exemplifies how top-quality care guides everything we do.


Part of the Total Joint Replacement Center, Joint Camp allows hip and knee replacement patients to share their experiences, starting with education before the surgery, in a group setting with other patients.

Total joint replacements are generally used to reduce pain and immobility often associated with severe, debilitating osteoarthritis or traumatic injury of the knee or hip.

Joint Camp patients average a 3.5-day length of stay, compared to a national average of 5-7 days. Patients start their post-operative rehabilitation immediately after surgery with group therapy, dining and other activities designed to regain their strength and mobility.

Separate from the hospital environment, the atmosphere is supportive and enjoyable, and patients dress in comfortable, everyday clothes. Family members, friends or volunteers act as "camp coaches" to encourage the camper's recovery during and after their stay.

Pre-Hab Education

Patients attend a “pre-hab” educational class two weeks before scheduled surgery. In this class, they meet physical and occupational therapists who teach basic exercises done during group therapy sessions and at home after surgery.

In addition, patients learn about:

  • Safety precautions
  • Deep vein thrombosis (blood clots) prophylaxis
  • Transfer techniques (from the car)
  • Training for daily activities
  • Ensuring a safe home environment
  • Potential post-operative complications
  • Pain management
  • Weight-bearing status
  • Stair training
  • Fall prevention
  • Pre-Operative Education

One week prior to surgery, patients receive a video that will explain their surgery and rehabilitation. This pre-operative education helps prepare patients for upcoming surgery and ease fears that they or family members may have.

For more information about The Total Joint Replacement Center at Memorial Hermann Southwest and the unique Joint Camp experience, call (713) 456-6948.