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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 2015 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.

Unable to attend a class in person?
We also offer joint replacement classes via telephone conference call on an online webinar on the following dates from 10:00 - 11:00 AM.

January 8
January 22
February 5
February 19
March 5
March 19 

April 2
April 16
May 7
May 21
June 4
June 18

July 2
July 16
August 6
August 20
September 3
September 17

October 1
October 15
November 5
November 19
December 3
December 19

To register, please call (207) 662-0822.

Anterolateral Total Hip Replacement Surgery
Maine Medical Center, Portland
Total Knee Replacement Surgery
Maine Medical Center, Portland
May 4
June 1
July 6

August 3
September 10
October 5
November 2
December 7
April 23
May 21
June 15
July 20

August 17
September 21
October 19
November 16
December 21
Total Knee or Posterior Total Hip
Replacement Surgery
(combined class)
Maine Medical Center, Portland
Any Joint Replacement Including
Hip, Knee & Shoulder

Learning Resource Center, Falmouth
April 13
May 11
June 8
July 13

August 10
September 14
October 12
November 9
December 14
April 14
April 28
May 12
May 26
June 9
June 23
July 14
July 28

August 11
August 25
September 8
September 22
October 13
October 27
November 10
November 24
December 8
December 22

Download 2015 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)