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Education About Surgery

The Joint Replacement Center takes great pride in the quality of our patient education.  An informed patient prior to surgery helps improve outcomes and leads to greater patient satisfaction.  We hope the content on our site provides you with helpful information about our programs, specific surgery information, and rehabilitation.  We are also pleased to offer classes for patients and downloadable guides to help prepare you for surgery, as you'll see below.

About Your Surgery
View animated online interactive programs to learn more about your joint replacement surgery.


If you have a planned joint replacement surgery, please join us for a special, free, education class.  Scroll down for our class schedule.

This class provides:

  • High quality instruction by an interdisciplinary team of joint replacement caregivers
  • Suggestions for preparing your home and yourself for surgery
  • Details about the day of surgery
  • Discussion of advances in pain management and anesthesia
  • Overview of gym-based model of care and value of rehabilitation therapy in your recovery
  • Discharge planning for home care and rehabilitation care
  • Answers to your questions about joint replacement surgery and return to normal activities

Upcoming 2014 Classes & Dates:
Space in these classes is limited, so we ask that you register in order to reserve your spot. You may do this by calling the Joint Replacement Center directly or by signing up online by clicking one of the class dates below.

Anterolateral Total Hip Replacement Surgery
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Maine Medical Center, Portland

August 4
September 8
October 6
November 3
December 1



Total Knee Replacement Surgery
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Maine Medical Center, Portland

August 18 (Class Full)
September 22
October 20
November 17
December 15


Total Knee or Posterior Total Hip Replacement Surgery (combined class)
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Maine Medical Center, Portland

August 11
September 15
October 13
November 10
December 8


Any Joint Replacement Including Hip, Knee & Shoulder
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Learning Resource Center, Falmouth

August 5
August 19
September 2
September 16
October 7

October 21
November 4
November 18
December 2
December 16

 Download 2014 Class Schedule (.pdf)

Maine Medical Center
East Tower, Classroom 3
22 Bramhall Street
Portland, ME  04102
Directions & Parking *

* Park in MMC's Patient and Visitors' garage on Congress Street. Enter from Congress Street, park on any level and take the garage elevator to Level P8. Walk through the sky bridge to the hospital. Turn left at the information desk and follow signs to the East Tower. Go to the right of the security guard to the end of the hall. Classroom 3 will be on your right. Please allow 10 minutes to walk from parking.


Learning Resource Center - Falmouth
5 Bucknam Road, Suite 1A
Falmouth, ME  04105
Directions & Parking *

* You may park your car anywhere in the lot. Enter the building through the front entrance. The MaineHealth Learning Resource Center is the first office on your right.


Joint Replacement Center Staff
Phone: (207) 662-0822
Office hours: 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM, Monday - Friday


Patient Education Brochures
The following downloadable brochures may help to provide you tips on how to prepare for your particular surgery and answer some of your questions. Please discuss this information with your surgeon prior to surgery.

Anterolateral Hip Replacement:
Frequently Asked Questions (.pdf)

Knee Replacement:
Frequently Asked Questions (.pdf)

Hip Replacement:
Frequently Asked Questions (.pdf)

Joint Replacement:
Precautions for Dental Procedures After Joint Replacement Surgery (.pdf)