Pre-surgery classes and education

We are here to support you and help you feel ready for your surgery. HonorHealth offers pre-surgery education, including classes and written materials to provide comprehensive information about your upcoming procedure.

Before surgery

After surgery

Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS)

Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) is a care plan designed for you by your HonorHealth surgery and anesthesiology teams. Your surgeon will let you know if you are following this care plan once the decision to have surgery is made and provide you with detailed instructions. There are some important ways this care plan may differ from other surgeries you may have had in the past. On the ERAS care plan, you may be asked on the day of surgery to consume clear liquids up to a certain time designated by your surgeon. You may also be asked to consume a carb-load drink called Ensure Pre-surgery or Gatorade at a certain time designated by your surgeon. 
 
This care plan also supports the use of non-narcotic oral pain medication given before surgery to help manage surgical pain and decrease the need for narcotic pain medications after your surgery. Anti-nausea medication may also be given before and throughout surgery to prevent nausea and vomiting after surgery. For general information on ERAS, please look over the patient information document ERAS-General information (English | Spanish).

If you are having one of these types of surgeries and your surgeon wants to follow the ERAS care plan, please review this information to help prepare you for your surgery:

See the HonorHealth disclaimer.

Pre-surgical classes

HonorHealth offers free pre-surgical classes to help you be prepared for your specific type of surgery:

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Mastectomy Class

We recommend completing this class approximately one to two weeks before your surgery. You may bring a friend or family member to the class. The class includes:

  • What to expect before surgery
  • What to expect the day of surgery
  • What to expect right after surgery
  • Leaving the hospital
  • Follow-up care
  • Questions/discussion

Locations:

Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center: Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center, 10460 North 92nd St., Scottsdale, Arizona, 85258, First floor conference room
Dates and time: The 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
To register, call 480-323-1250

Deer Valley: Virginia G. Piper Cancer Care Network Deer Valley Clinic, 19646 North 27th Ave, Suite 301, Phoenix, Arizona, 85027
Dates and Time: Every Tuesday, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
To register, call 623-238-7713

Tina’s Treasures Cancer Boutique and Facing Forward Program

Learn how to manage changes to your body, including skin and hair and receive hands-on skin care, make-up applications and tips on wearing wigs, hats and scarves.

You’ll also discover the resources available to you through the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Care Network.

Women undergoing cancer treatment may attend one complimentary session.

To register, call 623-580-5800 or find available dates.

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Total Joint Class

In this free class, two orthopedic surgeons help patients prepare for their upcoming total joint replacement surgery. We recommend completing this class three to four weeks before surgery. The class is offered in person and online for your convenience.

The class includes:

  • Benefits of Total Joint Replacement
  • Preparing for surgery
  • What to expect during and after surgery
  • Leaving the hospital
  • Physical Therapy Services and follow-up care
  • Tour of the Orthopedic Unit (in-person only)

To register for an in-person class, call the PAT department where your surgery is scheduled. Please note, the times below are subject to change due to COVID-19.

  • Thompson Peak Medical Center: Every Wednesday; 2 p.m.
  • Shea Medical Center: Every Friday; 1 p.m.
  • Osborn Medical Center: First and third Thursday; 11 a.m.
  • Deer Valley Medical Center: Every Thursday; 9 a.m.
  • John C. Lincoln Medical Center: Every Monday 9 a.m.

To register for an online class, please submit the form below.

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Bariatric Classes

Online and in-person classes are available. Our experts will help guide you throughout your bariatric weight loss journey. Find class dates and register by clicking one of the links below.

For surgical weight loss options: Register for a seminar.

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Ostomy Class

This class is designed to help patients prepare for their upcoming ostomy surgery. It is presented by ostomy-trained nurses. You may bring a friend or family member to the class. We recommend completing this class approximately one to two weeks before your surgery.

To register, call 480-583-0440.

The class includes:

  • What to expect before surgery
  • What to expect the day of surgery
  • What to expect right after surgery
  • Introduction to ostomy care
  • Leaving the hospital
  • Follow-up care
  • Questions/discussion

Second Tuesday of each month; 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Scottsdale Shea Medical Center, 5D Classroom

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Colorectal surgery

The HonorHealth Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center has developed this booklet to help you know what to expect before, during and after your surgery. Your care team will also be with you every step of the way to answer any questions and help you feel prepared.

Download the booklet

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HonorHealth Disclaimer

The contents of the packet such as text, graphics, images, and other material are for informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read in this packet.

If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. HonorHealth does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions, or other information mentioned in this handbook. Reliance on any information provided by HonorHealth is solely at your own risk.

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