Preparing for Joint Replacement Surgery

Pre-Registration - Orthopedic Surgery Registration

All anesthetics for total joint replacements at UM SJMC are performed by board certified physician anesthesiologists. There are several types of anesthesia that can be performed for these surgical procedures and this decision deserves careful consideration and discussion between you, your anesthesiologist, and your surgeon. Factors that may influence this decision include:

  • Health and physical condition
  • Past experiences with surgery and anesthesia
  • Medications and medication allergies/reactions
  • Benefits and risks of each type of anesthesia
  • Preferences of the surgery/anesthesia team and you

Thank you for choosing University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center for your joint replacement surgery. We want to do everything we can to help you prepare for your surgery and to ensure a smooth recovery. Click on the links below to get started.

  • Pre-surgery Information
  • Financial Information
  • Patients' Rights and Obligations
  • Medical Evaluation

Pre-Operative Class - Orthopedic Surgery

This class covers everything from pre-op through discharge, but focuses mostly on what occurs each day while you’re in the hospital. We’ll also talk about what will/can be done to manage your pain. A registered Nurse who works on the ortho unit and one of our Physical Therapist or Occupational Therapist representatives will lead the class.

The class meets every Wednesday at 1 p.m. and it usually lasts about 2 – 2½ hours, depending on how many questions everyone has. You’ll be offered a tour of the unit at the end of the class, if you’re interested. For more information on the class, you can pick up a brochure in the orthopaedic doctors’ offices.

To register, please call 410-427-2279, and leave your name and phone number. One of the RN’s will call you back within 24 hours to get you registered.