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Franciscan Joint Camp Helps Patient Sail Through Joint Replacement Surgery

“The support was amazing,” he says just three months after his surgery. “They didn’t push, but yet made me want to push myself.”

 

David Locey 3A youthful and energetic 65, David Locey had never had major surgery before. When the pain of osteoarthritis made it difficult to get around a sailboat, he knew it was time. David wanted his active life back, and as quickly as possible. He opted for bilateral knee replacement with Robert Yancey, MD, a Franciscan Medical Group orthopedic surgeon.

“Friends said I was foolish to do both knees at once,” David recalls. “I’ve never liked people telling me what I can and can’t do. My grandfather survived the Titanic. I conquered prostate cancer. Just how hard could this be?”

David had joint replacement surgery at St. Anthony Hospital in February 2012. He credits his remarkably rapid recovery to his skilled surgical team, an unshakable positive attitude, and Joint Camp, a special program that removes the mystery from joint replacement surgery.

Robert Yancey with caption“The Joint Camp concept provides education and mutual support for patients during the toughest time of the joint replacement process,” says Dr. Yancey, who has a practice at the Harbor Orthopedic Clinic in Gig Harbor. “The pre-operative educational component eases the anxiety of upcoming surgery—and the postoperative component provides an atmosphere of mutual support which aids the healing process considerably.”

Patients are placed in small groups and go through the experience together. The camaraderie and intensive rehabilitation encourage campers, who in turn experience shorter hospital stays and speedier recoveries.

David calls the Joint Camp experience ‘golden.’ “The support was amazing,” he says just three months after his surgery. “They didn’t push, but yet made me want to push myself.” Now, David is back to sailing the San Juans with friends in the summer and perhaps skiing in the winter. “Dr. Yancey said I can even ski again, but to maybe stay away from the moguls,” he says with a grin.

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