Joint Camp is a new program offered by Cortland Regional Medical Center
(CRMC) for those who may need to have a knee, hip, or shoulder replacement.
Prospective patients and family are invited to attend a FREE Joint Camp
Forum on May 2 at Cortland Regional Medical Center.
The Joint Camp Program is lead by Dr. Polly Cator, who heads up the Physical
Medicine and Rehabilitation services of CRMC’s Regional Medical
Practice. Dr. Cator was inspired to start this program of the community
when she learned of the program at other medical facilities. “We
have all the areas of care and great people, but I thought we could serve
our patients better with an organized, cohesive approach,” says Cator.
Joint surgery can lead to increased mobility and a decrease in pain due
to arthritis. A supportive team of qualified doctors, therapists, nurses
will guide patients from considering their options, through surgery and
during post-surgical rehabilitation.
Joint replacement surgery is scheduled with the orthopedic office at the
patient’s convenience. Prior to surgery, patients will meet with
CRMC physicians two to three times to discuss the joint replacement surgery
and ensure a safe and timely procedure. Any pre-operation testing and
screening is then required. A case manager will be in contact to answer
questions, checking in to see how the patient is recovering, and will
help keep patients on track with their appointments. The day after surgery,
the case manager will set the patient up with inpatient rehabilitation,
home care, or outpatient therapy. Note: Joint Camp participants are not
required to have surgery at Cortland Regional; you may also join the Joint
Camp program at any point in your recovery and rehabilitation process.
The length of a patient’s hospital stay can very depending on age
and lifestyle. Family members play an important role in the recovery process
and are always allowed to visit at any time during the patient’s
stay. They will be contacted to talk about a comfortable discharge and
From day one, Joint Camp staff encourages patients to do what they can
to remain active and achieve their lifestyle goals. To learn more, patients
and family are invited to attend an upcoming Joint Camp Forum on May 2
at Cortland Regional Medical Center. Forums are free and open to the public.
Interested individuals and caregivers can call 756-3693 to reserve a seat
at the event.