Joint Replacement Pre-Op Class

Patients who plan to undergo Joint Replacement Surgery are expected by their orthopaedic surgeons to attend the Joint Replacement Pre-Op Class.

This newly designed interactive educational program is coordinated and taught by Backus Hospital Nursing Navigators. These classes are available multiple times per month.

Please contact Backus Hospital at 860.425.5332 or 860.460.8619 to schedule a class no less than two weeks prior to your surgery. This program will help you to better understand what to expect with your joint replacement.

Representatives from the following areas will be available to offer information and answer questions specific to your individual needs:

  • Nursing Navigators
  • Physical Therapy
  • Discharge Planning

The discharge planning process helps patients to determine the optimal course of rehabilitation post operatively. Ideally the plan should be to return home after your joint replacement. A pre op assessment will be done to help us prepare you for discharge. In the occasional event that a short term rehab necessary, the case manager on the unit will set you up with a rehab facility in close proximity to your home and family. Joint replacement patients who participate in pre-operative education classes will become better prepared for their upcoming surgery.

Joint Replacement Pre-Op Class

These in-person classes are designed to educate patients on what occurs before, during and after hospitalization. The nurse navigators provide specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery, equipment requirements, insurance restriction and post-operative care. We have classes scheduled for multiple days, times and locations. Class is designated for patients having a Total Knee, Hip or Shoulder replacement.

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Joint Replacement Online Pre-Op Class

In the event you are unable to attend the in-person Joint Replacement Pre-Op Class, we also offer an online version through your Force Therapeutics account. The Force Therapeutics online class is a convenient option for those patients who are unable to attend an in-person session. You will receive important pieces of education regarding how to prepare and recover from surgery. You must complete the entire class; however, it is not necessary to complete the class in one sitting

You will receive a “Welcome Email” from Force Therapeutics. Please follow the prompts to create a password and log in.

Beginning 30 days before your surgery, when you log in to your Force account you will see an option to view your online joint class within your to-do-list. Simply click on the class title to begin.

Force Therapeutics will have additional information that will help ensure that you have a smooth surgery and recovery. Please be sure to keep up to date with your Force Therapeutics care instructions as they help better prepare you for the things you need to do before, during, and after surgery!

Total Hip & Total Knee Replacement

Patient Education Guidebook

Hip & Knee Gudebook


Patient Education Guidebook

Spine Surgery Patient Guidebook


Patient Education Guidebook

Shoulder Replacement Guidebook

Orthopedic Care