Joint Camp Returns to Brookings Health

Brookings, S.D. – Dec. 20, 2021 – Brookings Health System is bringing back Joint Camp group sessions in 2022. 

Joint Camp is a free, 60-minute educational session for individuals in the community who are having, or are thinking about, knee or hip joint replacements. Starting in January sessions will be held the third Tuesday of every month from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Brookings Hospital, Conference Room A.

Joint Camp introduces patients to team members, services and steps they can take to have the best outcome possible from their joint replacement and successfully return to their activities of daily living. The camp focuses on Mako robotic-arm assisted joint replacements for the hip or knee.

“At Joint Camp we aim to answer any questions patients, or potential patients, may have before their joint replacement. We want to get them in the mindset of what it will take on their part to have a successful procedure,” said Director of Surgical Services Terri Stauffacher, RN. “Statistics show that preparing for joint replacement helps speed-up patient recovery and increases a patient’s satisfaction with a new joint.”

Joint Camp is presented by team members who regularly assist patients on their joint journey, including nurses and therapists. Topics covered include an explanation of joint pain, physical and occupational therapy preparation, how to prepare the home for safety, what to bring with to the hospital and what to expect the day of surgery. In addition, patients will learn about available services to help them plan for recovery and going home, including swing bed, short-term rehabilitation, home health and outpatient therapy. 

Patients are also encouraged to bring along a support person to Joint Camp. The support person will work with the patient to learn therapeutic exercises and expectations for post-surgical care. 

“People who have joint replacement surgery have several restrictions, including driving and heavy lifting,” said Stauffacher. “The support person should plan on helping with those restrictions as well as any other needs the patient has during recovery.”

After attending Joint Camp, patients will have the necessary tools and understanding for a successful joint replacement surgery. Individuals interested in attending Joint Camp may register for an upcoming session online at or by calling (605) 696-9000.