What You Can Do To Prepare For Surgery

Joint Academy is an extensive pre-operative education program for the patient, family member, and/or care coach. It is a program dedicated to the comprehensive care of hip replacement and knee replacement patients with University of Utah Health Care. The Joint Academy classroom session is provided free of charge at the University Hospital every Tuesday.

To prepare for your surgery and your Joint Academy session, please watch the educational videos provided here. Once you've watched the videos please call your surgery coordinator to schedule a time to attend the Joint Academy classroom session.

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joint camp

We know joint replacement patients are anxious to return to their active, independent lifestyles, so joint camp is designed to give you the information you need to make the best decisions in relation to recovery. Therefore, if you are able come to the orthopaedic center prior to surgery, we invite you to attend in-person. Joint camp is also presented by our knowledgeable physical therapists and representatives from the U of U pharmacy and thrombosis service who will be taking care of you while you are in the hospital (whether surgery is at the main hospital or the UOC). Knowing this information before surgery helps you to have the best experience possible.

Helpful tips you will learn at joint camp include the following:

  • What to expect before, during and after surgery
  • Tips on preparing your house to accommodate your recovery
  • Effects of medication and anesthesia
  • Blood clot prevention
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation services for an excellent outcome

When you are in the hospital, medications and anesthesia can often cloud your memory, so if you are taught the things you need to know before surgery with a clear head, and your spouse or friend can learn these things too, your outcome can be optimized.

Jill A. Erickson, PA-C

Jill Erickson has worked with our Adult Reconstruction Surgeons since 1999, and with Christopher Peters, M.D. exclusively since 2003, with Joint Replacements as well as Hip Preservation procedures. She is an integral member of our University of Utah Center for Hip & Knee Reconstruction team and coordinates o... Read More

Jeremy M. Gililland, M.D.

Dr. Gililland specializes in adult reconstructive orthopedic surgery of the hip and knee. He performs routine and complex primary and revision joint replacement operations. Additionally, his focuses include partial knee replacement and direct anterior total hip arthroplasty. He considers himself very fortunate ... Read More

Erik N. Kubiak, M.D.

Erik Kubiak, MD is an Associate Professor in The Department of Orthopaedics. As an Orthopaedic Trauma and Adult Reconstruction surgeon, Dr. Kubiak's clinical interests include treatment and reconstruction of pelvic trauma and high-energy articular injuries involving the tibia, femur, elbow, and shoulder. As par... Read More

Christopher E. Pelt, M.D.

Dr. Pelt specializes in hip replacement and revision, and knee replacement and revision. Minimally invasive joint replacement, partial knee replacement (unicompartmental, patellofemoral), cruciate preserving knee replacement, and direct anterior hip replacement are all aspects of his practice. Dr. Pelt is an As... Read More


Adult Reconstruction, Direct Anterior Hip Replacement, Hip Dysplasia, Hip Instability, Hip Replacement, Hip Revision, Joint Infection, Joint Replacement, Knee Replacement, Knee Revision, Labral Tear, Minimally Invasive Joint Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Oxford Partial Knee Replacement, Patello-Femoral Arthroplasty (PFA), Uni-Compartmental Knee Arthroplasty, Unicompartmental Knee Replacement


University Orthopaedic Center (801) 587-7109

Christopher L. Peters, M.D.

Dr. Chris Peters, Professor, specializes in adult reconstructive orthopaedic surgery of the hip and knee. He performs routine and complex joint replacements and bioregenerative hip preserving operations. One of his specialties includes the treatment of hip pain in young adults from acetabular dysplasia and/or fe... Read More

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