Missoula Bone & Joint’s outpatient surgery center was designed to provide an optimal patient experience. Patient feedback indicates that we achieved this goal. This 31,949 square foot outpatient surgery center on Mullan Road is equipped with four state of the art operating suites, 15 pre-and-post operative rooms, and 6 private patient recovery rooms. We have combined the latest in technology with our team of experienced surgeons, to provide the opportunity for our patients to receive quality surgical care in an outpatient setting, right here in Missoula, Montana. Most total joint surgery patients are heading home within 6-8 hours after surgery to continue their recovery in the comfort of their home.
How is it possible that patients can return home within 6-8 hours post total joint replacement?
Our goal is to have patients comfortable after surgery and then discharged later the same day to continue recovering in the comfort of their own home. However, it is nice to know that overnight patient care is available in one of six private suites if needed. Everything is patient-focused and designed for people who are motivated to recover quickly. Safety, comfort and successful outcomes continue to be our top priority. Wouldn’t you prefer to recover in the comfort of your own home?
The difference with this surgeon owned outpatient surgery center is that each surgeon follows their own streamlined surgical process, with advanced technologies, and highly skilled support staff. The key to quick recovery time is the use of minimally invasive, muscle-sparing techniques, and the advancement in anesthesia and pain management techniques. Our surgeons have collaborated with a team of anesthesiologists to provide superior surgical pain management techniques for outpatient surgery. The surgical team (surgeon, anesthesiologist, surgical technicians, nurses and surgical staff) work together to prepare and tailor every anesthesia and pain management plan for each surgical patient.
We provide all patients with multimodal analgesia, which means providing better surgical pain relief by combining multiple methods of pain relieving interventions. Nerve blocks, steroids, oral pain medications, local anesthetic injections and anti-inflammatory medications are all examples of the different methods we can use. The end result for the patient is better pain control, early patient mobilization after surgery, less opiod/narcotic consumption, less negative side-effects and an overall better patient outcome and experience.
Another key part of a successful recovery plan is education before surgery and what to expect after surgery. At Missoula Bone & Joint we offer an in-person Total Joint Class for all our joint replacement patients and their “coach. The class size is small so it can be tailored to the individual needs and questions of the participants. However, if for whatever reason you are unable to attend the class or you want to listen to the content again, we have provided this information on our Patient Resource>Total Joint Surgery webpage.