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Joint Replacement Center at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center


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2901 Squalicum Pkwy
Bellingham, WA 98225

The Joint Replacement Center at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center offers a full-range of orthopedic care and services in one convenient location. From joint replacement hip and knee surgery, our team of doctors and physicians offer the best care completely centered on you. Care includes preparation for surgery, rehabilitation, a recovery coach, private rooms and a personal coordinator.

If you have chronic joint pain, our team can help you return to the daily activities you enjoy. Our experience, partnered with our focus on patient education and rehabilitation, has made us a regional and national leader in total joint replacement.

Candidates for Joint Replacement

Is Joint Replacement Surgery Right for You?​

Joint replacement can be a life changing operation for someone suffering from chronic joint pain. Each year, more than 700,000 people undergo total joint replacement surgery in the U.S.

Primary candidates for joint replacement are individuals with chronic joint pain that interferes with daily activities such as walking, exercise, leisure, recreation and work. The surgery aims to relieve pain, restore your independence, and return you to work and other daily activities.

Patient Education

The surgery itself is only one part of the joint replacement process. Many other factors contribute to the success of your surgery, including your understanding of the steps before, during and after surgery.

We have implemented a comprehensive planned course of treatment. We believe you play a key role in promoting a successful recovery. Our goal is to involve you in your treatment through each step of the program.​

Pre-operative Education Class Before Surgery

This free orientation Pre-op Education Class covers what you need to be doing to be prepared for surgery, what you need to bring to the hospital, what your days will look like in the hospital after surgery, how you need to have prepared your house for going home, appointments you need to have set up prior to coming into the hospital for right after you are home, and so much more! Coaches (a family member or friend selected by you to assist in the recovery process) are strongly encouraged to attend.

The Pre-Op Education Class is now online so you can watch it at your own choice of time and place. After you and your Coach have watched the class, you both will participate in a Q & A conference call to update you in the most current information and answer all your questions.

Register: This online class and conference call should be completed two to three weeks prior to your surgery date. Contact us to register when you receive your Guidebook

Guidebook

Patients are provided a Guidebook prior to their hip or knee replacement surgery. It provides education from six weeks before surgery, until three months after surgery and beyond, using detailed explanations, checklists and illustrations to help you better understand what to expect from your surgery, including:

  • Ov​erview of our Joint Replacement Center
  • Frequently asked questions
  • Checklist for activities and tasks before surgery
  • What to expect during your stay
  • Caring for yourself at home
  • Readying your home after surgery
  • Exercises before and after surgery​

Patient Satisfaction

As a part of the PeaceHealth mission, the Joint Replacement Center holds a high standard for ensuring patient satisfaction. We track our trends and work very hard to reach our goals. We take preventive measures to avoid infections and reduce the need for blood transfusions.

We actively seek patient feedback and use it to continually improve our program. We are very proud of our medical outcomes and service to patients, which brings people from across the nation to our Center.

Here are some of the ways we seek patient feedback:

  • Care survey: Patients may receive a survey from a third party provider, where you have the opportunity to respond confidentially.
  • Reunion lunches: These catered luncheons are held quarterly. We use them to seek feedback from patients and coaches about their experience. Many of the attendees are at a different point in the recovery process. These social gatherings also provide all attendees an opportunity to chat with others who have undergone a similar joint replacement.
  • Multidisciplinary Performance Improvement Team: This team meets every month to review the program's performance. 

Patient Stories

Ross Boice

Double Knee Replacement Patient

Replacing a joint that causes chronic pain can be a life-changing experience. But don't take our word for it. Listen to the story of Ross Boice of Everson, Washington.

Ross Boice played professional football, coached high school sports, and was an avid golfer and active grandpa. When knee pain from osteoarthritis sidelined him, Boice was no longer able to participate in most of the activities that he enjoyed. Without exercise, his activity level slowed immensely, causing him to gain weight. 

Boice's condition, which affected both knees, would cause his knees to swell and throb at the end of the day. Like others who suffer from joint pain, Boice took medication to prevent swelling and ease the discomfort. When the pain would no longer respond to these treatments, Boice took the advice of two friends – who had previously undergone joint replacement surgery and wished they'd done it sooner – and contacted the PeaceHealth St. Joseph Joint Replacement Center.

“The whole process is just the best thing I could have ever done. My advice to you is if you're thinking about it, do it. I'm serious – it's one of those things you will never regret after you've done it. I believe I'm getting stronger every day and now I can get on and enjoy the rest of my life. I have no regrets and it feels good to be back,” said Boice.

 

Valerie Mossman

Double Hip Replacement Patient

Valerie Mossman of Lynden, Washington, likes to stay active and healthy. She was a nurse for 45 years and loves to travel the world with her husband. When constant hip pain from osteoarthritis started to slow her down, she decided to have both of her hips replaced at our Joint Replacement Center.

“The program offered at PeaceHealth St. Joseph is so much better than when I was a nurse. They prepare you for the surgery ahead of time, and then you get to recover alongside the others who have just had their surgery. It's really a neat experience. I'm so glad we have this level of healthcare, right here in Bellingham.”

 

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