Pre-surgery education class

The hospital at which you are having your surgery may offer a pre-surgery education class. Members of your health care team will be there to answer questions and help guide you through your surgery experience.

It is strongly recommended that you bring a member of your care circle to this class. This person should also be available to act as a "coach" during your hospital stay and recovery.

At the pre-surgery education class, you will learn:

  • how to get ready for surgery
  • what to expect during your hospital stay
  • how to go home safely after surgery

Why the pre-surgery education class is important

People who attend the pre-surgery class typically have a smoother recovery and better outcomes after surgery. 

Most of the education and tools to help you (and your care circle) prepare for and recover from surgery will be taught during this class.  This is also a great opportunity to ask questions!

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Knee Replacement, seventh edition, ortho-ah-90140
First Published: 10/01/2000
Last Reviewed: 02/01/2020

Scheduling your class

You will need to call to schedule a pre-surgery education class if you are having your surgery at one of the following hospitals:

  • Abbott Northwestern Hospital:
    612-863-5100
  • Buffalo Hospital:
    Your class will be scheduled for you by your clinic. Call the clinic at 763-684-6160 if you have any questions.
  • Cambridge Medical Center:
    763-688-9923
  • District One Hospital:
    507-333-5518
  • Mercy Hospital:
    763-236-7700
  • Mercy Hospital – Unity Campus:
    763-977-7700
  • Owatonna Hospital:
    507-236-2492
  • Regina Hospital:
    651-404-1002
  • River Falls Area Hospital:
    715-307-6050
  • St. Francis Regional Medical Center:
    952-428-2565
  • United Hospital:
    651-241-5390