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Before Your Joint Replacement

Preoperative Medicine Clinic

The Saint Thomas Joint Replacement Institute Pre-Operative Medicine Clinic (POMC) is the next step, after the surgeon visit, to providing a comprehensive experience for the joint replacement patient.

POMC Locations:

The Clinics are staffed with Internists, Nursing personnel, and Nurse Navigators/Educators. Here, you are introduced to the Saint Thomas Health system and processes beginning with meeting our nurse navigators. They navigators will be your guide to your procedure, available via phone, email or in person.

POMC visits focus on:

  • Medical evaluation
    • Health history
    • Lab work
    • EKG
    • Anesthesia evaluation
  • Education
  • Surgical clearance

Items to Bring to the Pre-Op Appointment

  • Complete medical questionnaire
  • EKG within six (6) months
  • Labs within one (1) month
  • Cardiac clearance letter
  • Cardiac testing within last five (5) years, including stress, echo, heart cath
  • Pacemaker/Stent Cards
  • Accurate list of medications and supplements or bring all medications

Day of Appointment

  • Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your appointment time
  • Eat and drink as usual before your appointment
  • Take medications and supplements as usual

Required at Your Appointment

  • Urine sample
  • EKG
  • Lab work

You will be given pre-op instructions, including bathing soap. 

Upon completion of your POMC visit, you should feel confident and at ease about your upcoming surgical experience.