Missoula Bone and Joint and Surgery Center

Joint Replacement

For most people, osteoarthritis is an inevitable part of aging. This chronic degenerative condition causes the cartilage between joints to wear down. Eventually your bones start to rub together as you move. The resulting friction can create disabling pain in your joints, making it impossible to participate in the things you once loved doing. Even the simple act of walking or climbing stairs can be painful.

In Western Montana, the orthopedic surgeons at Missoula Bone & Joint can help restore your mobility so you can return to your active lifestyle. Each year we help thousands of people to once again take part in the activities they enjoy.

While arthritis can affect any joint in your body, it is most common in the hips and knees. Our doctors will first recommend conservative treatments such as physical therapy, medication, or steroid injections to help alleviate your pain and slow the degenerative process. When this approach is no longer effective, it may be time for joint replacement surgery, or arthroplasty.

Joint replacement techniques have evolved in the past decade. Newer minimally invasive techniques use smaller incisions, which means shorter hospital stays, fewer complications, and a quicker recovery. There are multiple surgical approaches for hip, knee, and shoulder replacement, and the joint replacement surgeons at MBJ will explain your options and make a recommendation.

Common joint replacement procedures include:





  • Total ankle replacement

Infinity Ankle Replacement (Dr. Glenn Jarrett)

STAR Ankle Replacement (Dr. Brent Roster)


At Missoula Bone & Joint, we understand that the decision to have a joint replacement procedure is seldom an easy one. When making a recommendation, your MBJ joint replacement surgeon will consider various factors such as your age, health profile, and desired activity level.

When the entire joint is damaged, you will likely need a total joint replacement. However, if only part of the joint is damaged, your orthopedic surgeon may be able to repair or replace just the damaged parts. To replace a joint, a surgeon removes the diseased or damaged parts and inserts artificial parts, called prostheses, or implants.

Physical Therapy

Ask your surgeon if 4-6 weeks of physical therapy before your total joint replacement could enhance your recovery following surgery. With injury or joint pain your supporting muscles around the joint could have atrophied (become weaker) over time. Be in your best physical condition to assist in your positive recovery.

Following joint replacement surgery, you will go through several weeks of rehabilitation. At MBJ, we have physical therapy right in our office, which allows our doctors and therapists to work together to customize a treatment plan for you. Not only is in-house physical therapy convenient for our patients, but it also creates a seamless continuum of care. From your initial diagnosis to surgery to recovery, our providers work together to ensure you meet your treatment goals.

You don’t have to live with joint pain anymore. MBJ’s outstanding joint replacement surgeons can help you reclaim your life. Call us in Missoula at (406) 721-4436 or request an appointment online.

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