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Community Education
Mankato, MN

Are you considering a knee or hip replacement? Are you looking for answers to your questions? Mayo Clinic Health System offers a free information session for patients who are considering a knee or hip replacement operation. Mayo Clinic experts explain all aspects of the care process, including the rehabilitation program, Joint Camp, in which you’ll participate during your stay. In addition, the presenters discuss muscle-strengthening exercises you can complete at home prior to your operation to help with recovery and rehabilitation.

Eric's Story
Eric knew he needed help when an old knee injury began worsening over the course of time and was significantly affecting his quality of life. That’s when he turned to his hometown orthopedic experts at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, who recommended a total knee replacement. After overcoming some initial fears, Eric decided it was time to have the operation — a fuller and more active life with his family depended on it.

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