Missoula Bone and Joint and Surgery Center

Surgery Center at Missoula Bone & Joint

Outpatient surgery at Missoula Bone & Joint happens in our surgical suite adjacent to our clinic. Founded in 2001 and certified by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), our freestanding surgery center specializes in orthopedic, plastic, and reconstructive outpatient surgeries that do not require hospital admission. Our doctors can perform a wide variety of surgical procedures ranging from knee and shoulder scopes, ACL repairs, and hand and foot surgeries.

Missoula Bone & Joint Surgery Center is a member of the Montana Ambulatory Surgery Center Association and all our physicians are board certified. 

Outpatient surgery at an ambulatory surgery center (ASC) is beneficial to both the surgeon and patient.  It is designed to facilitate an efficient and cost effective flow that centers around patient care, and the surgeon is able to work with his hand-picked team of specialists. The smaller environment creates a “family atmosphere” that is pleasant for both staff and the patient.  

Best of all, patients are able to go home to recover, rather than stay overnight in the hospital.   Candidates for outpatient surgery are generally healthy individuals whose surgeries do not need to be done in the hospital setting.

Our goal is to be the leader in outpatient surgical excellence for Missoula and the surrounding area through our commitment to service, care, compassion, and patient satisfaction. Creating a standard in Missoula of safe surgical practices, advanced techniques, and extremely low infection rates, it’s easy to see why many patients choose having their surgery done at Missoula Bone & Joint Surgery Center.

What to Expect

As a patient of Missoula Bone & Joint Surgery Center you have the following Patient Rights and Responsibilities.

Patients will be charged a facility fee for surgical services provided by Missoula Bone & Joint Surgery Center. Anesthesia services, surgeon services, laboratory, durable medical equipment, and other ancillary providers will charge separately and are not part of your facility fee bill. 

Visit our Patient Resources page to access all forms you will need for before and after surgery.

The video below will walk you through your surgery center experience from start to finish. Please take the time to watch it so you know what to expect before, during, and after your surgery. 

Before Surgery

  • You may be asked to have lab work, X-rays, an MRI, and/or an EKG. If so, please inform us where these were done so we may obtain the results.
  • After your surgery, your physician may want you to utilize some type of durable medical equipment (DME) such as a brace, sling, or walking boot. Missoula Bone & Joint’s DME coordinator is a certified fitter of orthotics who will fit you for these items, and teach you how to use them. Our DME coordinator will also discuss any insurance questions that you may have with regard to this equipment.
  • Please complete the health history form and return it to the surgery center prior to surgery.
  • If you are having surgery on your leg or foot, please check with your surgeon to see if you need crutch training. Make sure to practice using crutches before surgery and bring them with you to the surgery center. Make your home safe for crutches (i.e. rearrange furniture, etc.).
  • A nurse will call you the day before surgery for specific times and instructions. If you are not contacted by 4 pm the day before surgery by the surgery center RN, please call us at (406) 542-9695. Occasionally the surgery schedule changes.
  • Arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home and stay with you for 24 hours.
  • Drink extra fluids the day before surgery.
  • IMPORTANT: Do not EAT or DRINK anything after MIDNIGHT the night before your surgery. It is possible that your procedure would have to be cancelled if these instructions are not followed.
  • Please arrive 1.5 hours before your surgery time unless instructed otherwise.
  • Please call your surgeon immediately (406) 721-4436 or (866) 721-4436 if you become ill or are otherwise unable to keep your appointment.

Day of Surgery

  • Take appropriate medications as instructed by your pre-op nurse with a small sip of water.
  • Leave valuables and all jewelry at home.
  • Bring insurance cards, case for glasses or contacts, and prescriptions.
  • An IV will be placed so medications can be given before, during, and after surgery.
  • The anesthesiologist will discuss your health history, anesthesia options, and any risks.

After Surgery

  • You will be taken to the recovery room after your surgery, where you will be monitored and, when awake, offered something to drink and eat. Family will be allowed to visit when the nurse has finished transitioning you from surgery. Due to space limitations, we ask that you bring no more than two family members/friends with you on your day of surgery.
  • The nurse will review specific instructions given by your surgeon with you and the responsible adult who is to accompany you home, then she will escort you to the car.
  • The anesthesia will make you groggy and cause impaired judgment, therefore, do not drive, operate hazardous machinery, make any important decisions, or sign legal papers for 24 hours.
  • Do not drink alcohol for 24 hours.
  • Take pain medicine as directed. If none was prescribed, take a non-aspirin pain reliever (Tylenol or ibuprofen) as needed unless your doctor has told you otherwise.
  • Eat light foods for the first few hours after surgery, and then increase your diet as tolerated.
  • Drink as much fluid as you can tolerate, up to 8 glasses/day.
  • A small amount of blood on your dressing may be expected. If it becomes soaked, place additional dressings over the one already there and call your doctor.
  • Call your physician for a fever over 101 degrees, or increased swelling, redness, or drainage.
  • Review all applicable instructions including specific post-op instructions from your doctor that you can download below.
  • We offer durable medical equipment (DME) for your post-op needs, such as braces, slings, cold therapy, etc. Quality gel packs that are ideal for post-op management are available for purchase at the surgery center reception for $20 each.

Post-Op Instructions by Doctor

Dr. Allmacher: Knee Surgery Discharge Instructions

Dr. Channer: Knee Surgery Discharge Instructions

Dr. Jarrett: Surgery Discharge Instructions

Dr. LaPorte:

Dr. Price:

Dr. Puckett: Surgery Discharge Instructions

Dr. Roster: Surgery Discharge Instructions

Dr. Sherrill:

Dr. Sullivan: Surgery Discharge Instructions

Dr. Willstein:

Dr. Woods:



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