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Health Beat: Boot camp before joint repair

Of our pump snow.

Yes joint boot camp.

>> wendy davis: it's a tw?hour training program that teaches them what to expect before, during, and after surgery...making the process easier.

Wfmz's julia rose joins us now with details...julia?

>>>julia rose: the boot camp has reduced hospital stays and improved patient outcomes?

And now doctors are encouraging it before a wide range of surgeries and procedures.

>>nats "not bad &amp; you know, i couldn't do that before."

>>reporter: dennis dairman has a fiv?mont?old hip?his second hip replacement.

He says his hip problems date back to the 60's when he played forward and guard for arizona state's sun devils.

This time, he went to joint boot camp before surgery.

>>dennis dairman: "when i get up and start to walk i can do it better.

And she explained what exercises to do, and i've done them about 1,000 times now."

>>reporter: "she" is joan bolzan?

Who's had hundreds of patients in her joint boot camps over the years.

>>nats "squeezing this muscle again up against that vein.

You're pushing the blood back up to the heart."

>>reporter: before patients get joints replaced, they have to take the tw?

Hour training program.

They learn about pain management, get an orientation of their upcoming surgery and start learning their rehab exercises.

>>joan bolzan: "it's 101.

The more the patient knows, the better they do.

It decreases their fear, their anxiety.

It helps the outcomes on the back end when they are done with surgery."

>>reporter: joan says in the five years since joint boot camp bega?

Average hospital stays have dropped from three days to two.

Dennis believes boot camp is helping him get better faster.

>>dennis dairman: "it's slower than i want, but it's getting better.

Just takes a long time when you're 7?years old."

>>reporter: his doctor told him it might be a year before he can walk unassisted, but he plans to ditch the walker in a few weeks.

He and sparky want back in the game!

>>> julia rose: the joint boot camp also educates family members with its coaches program.

It's been so successful, there are plans to use a similar program before spine and




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