In preparation for my RTKR on June 12th, my spouse and I made the three hour trip up to the city to the medical center where I will be having my surgery. First up on the agenda was my medical clearance physical exam...no problem there. Next was pre-admission testing...no problem there. Finally, we went to the "Joint Replacement Class" and that is where the warning bells went off in my head. An RN from the Orthopedics Department conducted the session via a PowerPoint presentation and everything was going along smoothly until we got to the section on pain control. A review of the "step pain control" methods used - beginning with Tylenol and working up to oxycodone -was discussed and then we were instructed as follows, "Don't let your pain interfer with your activities." Now, I am not naive insofar as not expecting pain, perhaps unbearable pain, following this surgery. However, I know myself and I know that if my pain is great enough it will most definitely interfer with my activities. And so, I am asking for some feed back on how to best handle this situation before I get into a major head butting stand off over this issue with the medical staff at my chosen hospital.