Surgery & R​ecovery

Surgeries are either performed at the Joint Replacement Center at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center, Pacific Rim Outpatient Surgery Center or Bellingham Surgery Center. Anesthesia is provided by Bellingham Anesthesia​.

Surgical Forms & Patient Instructions

What to Bring

  • ​Photo ID, insurance card and completed registration forms
  • Leave valuables at home
  • Remove all jewelry
  • Wear comfortable, lose-fitting clothing

Care Partner

Identify a family member or friend who can help make your hospital stay and discharge go smoothly. Talk with your care partner about: 
  • Giving you a ride home after discharge
  • Picking-up prescriptions before leaving the hospital
  • Helping you get settled at home and possibly staying with you

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Pre-Operative Screening

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common sleep disorder that limits or obstructs breathing during sleep. We are concerned about untreated OSA in patients undergoing surgery because complications can arise. Before surgery, we screen patients for OSA to determine if further testing is recommended. Learn more about OSA and our screening process​ (pdf).

Physical Therapy

You will begin physical therapy during your stay at the Joint Replacement Center. Additional therapy may be needed after your return home. Private and group physical therapy is available​.

​​​​​Dental Procedures After a Joint Replacement

​For the first two years after a joint replacement, all patients may need antibiotics for all dental procedures. View Your Joint Replacement, Dental Procedures and Antibiotics form​ (pdf) for more information.​​​​​​​

Comprehensive Implant Registry

FORCE-TJR​ (Function and Outcomes Research for Comparative Effectiveness in Total Joint Replacement) is a national registry and research effort with over 30,000 patients who are undergoing total joint replacement. The orthopedic surgeons at PeaceHealth along with more than 120 orthopedic offices in many cities and towns in all parts of the U.S. are participating in this registry. The project will identify ways of improving the quality of life for millions of adults. Having patients with varied backgrounds will help find answers that will benefit all patients.​