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Joint Replacement Preparation Class

Our goal is to help you understand what is going to happen and to empower you to be a partner in your recovery. The Joint Replacement Preparation Class and the Pre Admission Testing appointment will provide you with education and information to promote a more successful surgical outcome.

Classes are offered weekly in English. To reserve your space in the pre-operative education course, please call 909.630.7403.

A Spanish version of the Joint Replacement Preparation Class is offered on an as needed basis on the first Wednesday of every month from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Pomona Valley Health Center at Claremont. Please call 909.865.9859 to reserve your space. (La versión en español de la Clase de preparación para el reemplazo de articulaciones se ofrece según sea necesario el primer miércoles de cada mes de 3:00 p.m. a 5:00 p.m. en at the Pomona Valley Health Center at Claremont. Por favor llame al 909.865.9859 para reservar su espacio.)

The Joint Replacement Joint Class is held at the Pomona Valley Health Center at Claremont. The goal is to have this education class approximately 4 weeks prior to surgery.

The outline of the class is as follows:

  • Preparing for Surgery
  • What Happens in the Hospital
  • What to Expect When you Go Home
  • Blood Clot Prevention
  • Infection Prevention
  • Carrying for Your Surgical Site Incision
  • Multimodal Pain Management
  • Physical and Occupational Therapy
  • Questions and Answer Session

Bring your support person who will be helping you after surgery with you to class (we call this person your coach) to receive the same education. You will receive your Joint Replacement Guidebook when you attend the class. Keep your Guidebook as a handy reference at least the first year after your surgery. The information in the Guidebook covers a lot of information so it may look overwhelming. Since it will assist you with your surgery, we recommend reading the entire guide, at a pace that suits you.

Pre Admission Testing (PAT)

A Pre Admit representative will call you to schedule your appointment approximately two weeks prior to your surgery date. Please allow about 2 hours for this appointment. You must have the Pre Admission Testing folder from your surgeon’s office to complete this appointment.


The Pre Admission Testing unit is located at the Robert and Beverly Lewis Outpatient Pavilion, on the main hospital campus, on the 1st floor.

Bring the information below with you to PAT appointment:

  • Physician’s orders- in the Pre-Admission Testing folder the surgeon’s office provided you with.
    • Insurance Card and / or policy, Medicare or Medi-Cal card
    • Driver’s licenses and / or photo ID cards of the patient and the insured
    • Emergency contact information
    • Legal Arrangements –Living Will or Durable Power of Attorney, Advanced Directive
    • Medications List - include dosage, how often, why you take it & last time you took it.
    • Allergies- what your reaction was to the medication (Hives, shortness of breath…)
    • Reactions to anesthesia
    • Doctors Names and Numbers and why you are seeing them
    • Dietary Restrictions
    • Medical History-(i.e. Diabetes, hypertension, heart problems, asthma, Hepatitis, HIV, Sleep Apnea, CPAP machine, kidney or liver disease, MRSA, VRE, any infections you were isolated for in the past)
    • Email address if you want access to your medical information through the MYHEALTH Patient Portal.
    • “Coach’s” number and information