Information for Hospital Surgical Patients

When you are having surgery at either St. Patrick Hospital or Community Medical Center, please contact your surgeon's assistant to discuss arrangements for a pre-registration appointment at the hospital.

During your pre-registration appointment, you may require lab work, x-rays, and an EKG. The hospital will then send the results to your surgeon's office prior to surgery.

If you are scheduled for either a total hip replacement or total knee replacement, specific information is available at each hospital for your review.

Community Medical Center also offers total joint classes where the Physical Therapy Department and nursing staff are available to meet with you. Please contact your surgeon's assistant to make arrangements to attend one of these classes.

If you are scheduled for a total joint replacement with a physician at Missoula Bone & Joint, please click here for specific information regarding your total hip and total knee procedures.

IMPORTANT: Do not EAT or DRINK anything after MIDNIGHT the night before your surgery.

Generally, you will be asked to arrive at the hospital 2 hours prior to your scheduled surgery time. Please keep in mind road conditions during the winter months and plan appropriately. Also arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home following your surgery and have someone stay with you for 24 hours.

Upon discharge from the hospital, you will be provided with specific instructions given by your surgeon. At that time you will be provided with a post-operative appointment here at Missoula Bone & Joint, or you may be told to contact our office at (406) 721-4436 to schedule a time.

Please contact your surgeon's office at any time regarding questions or concerns.