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  • When Shirley Hagerty got tired of her knee hurting last summer, she knew she'd be in good hands if she decided to have surgery at Buffalo Hospital. What she didn't realize was how smooth the process would be, and how well-informed she would feel every step of the way.

    Hagerty experienced a team approach that is designed to be easy and well-coordinated for the patient. The care was provided by the orthopedic surgery team at Allina Health Clinic - Buffalo, the hospital and her Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute therapy team.

    Education was key

    "The education the nurses and therapists provided beforehand was phenomenal," said Hagerty, who is 78 and lives in St. Michael. "I had one-on-one time with a nurse educator and all my orthopedics, rehab and blood draw appointments were made for me. I knew the name of my physical therapist and had a book of exercises for before and after."

    In July, Hagerty's right knee was replaced with an artificial joint by Dana Harms, MD, the lead orthopedic surgeon at Allina Health Clinic - Buffalo. Hagerty was in the hospital for three days. An avid summer camper, she joked that the "joint camp" she attended there with other surgery patients was helpful but not as much fun as some of her other camping trips.

    Convenient locations

    A few days after going home, Hagerty started twice-weekly rehabilitation sessions at Courage Kenny Sports & Physical Therapy in Albertville. Hagerty rejoined her beloved Rim Riders bike club at the end of September. On her last day of rehab in early October, she shared pumpkin bars with the physical therapy staff to "buy my way out."

    "Since then, I ride my stationary bike, use an exercise band and weights at home and go to group exercise classes," Hagerty said. "My knee feels pretty good."