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Managing Your Pain After Joint Replacement Surgery

By William P. Barrett, MD on

At POA, we use multimodal pain management for your joint replacement. This begins with preoperative medications given in the pre-op area, spinal anesthesia, and use of regional and local blocks about your hip or knee. Following your surgery pain is managed during your overnight stay by the nursing staff at the VMC joint center. This consists …

VMC Center for Joint Replacement: Recognition, Results and Future

By William P. Barrett, MD on

As we start 2018 we are proud of being ranked #1 for joint replacement in Washington State by CareChex Quality Rating System. They use a variety of quality metrics to achieve their rankings, including: quality, performance and safety analytics. As the first joint replacement center in the state, we continue to evolve our delivery of …

Evolution from Long Inpatient Stay to Short Outpatient Stay

By William P. Barrett, MD on

Over the last 30 years, I have seen the evolution of hip and knee replacement from a 1-week hospital stay to now, in 2017, 90% of our patients going home the day following their hip or knee replacement. This has been accomplished with a variety of factors including improved surgical techniques, multimodal pain management, enhanced …

Same-Day Discharge vs. Inpatient Joint Replacement

By William P. Barrett, MD on

In an article published in the December 6, 2017, Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, authors Basques, et al, reviewed results of joint replacements performed at a surgery center with those done at an inpatient hospital setting. They looked at a national database for hip and knee replacement from 2005 to 2014. After doing appropriate …

What’s New in Hip Replacement

By William P. Barrett, MD on

WHAT’S NEW: Bearing use in the United States has evolved where the majority of liners used in the socket portion of a hip replacement are cross-link polyethylene. The head material is evenly split between ceramic and metal with similar results at 10+ years followup. Head sizes larger than 36 mm are discouraged. MODULARITY: Use of modular …

Modifiable Risk Factors in Joint Replacement

By William P. Barrett, MD on

In an article published in The Journal of Arthroplasty, author Stambough et al. outlined the efficacy of controlling modifiable risk factors, specifically the decolonization of patients for Staph bacteria. There are multiple modifiable risk factors that can be improved prior to elective joint replacement surgery. These include the patients weight, smoking cessation, optimizing medical comorbidities. …

Complications Related to Obesity in Total Knee Replacements

By William P. Barrett, MD on

In an article published in the May 2017 edition of Journal of Arthroplasty, authors Fehring, et al, describe their experience with total knee tibial component loosening in obese individuals. What they found is that patients with a BMI greater than 35 placed increased strain on the bone in the proximal or top part of the …

Free Hip and Knee Replacement Seminar, May 11

Questions about hip or knee pain and what your options are? We’re excited to invite you to Dr. William Barrett’s free hip and knee replacement seminar on May 11th at 6 PM in the Medical Arts Center. Learn more about the benefits of joint replacement surgery and how it can help return you to an active, pain-free life. Dr. William Barrett is …

Smoking and the Risk of Infection After Total Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery

By William P. Barrett, MD on

In a study by Tischler, et al, from the Rothman Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, patients who were active smokers were found to have a significantly increased risk for infectious complications following hip and knee replacement surgery. In this study, published in The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery on February 15, 2017, the researchers looked at …

Even Patients Who Live Alone Can Be Discharged Home After Joint Replacement Surgery

By William P. Barrett, MD on

In a study presented at the 2017 annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, surgeons from the Rothman Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, presented the results of a study examining 769 patients who underwent primary total hip or knee replacement surgery. Of this group, 138 patients lived alone. The surgeons found that patients who …

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Dr. Barrett's Blog

  • Managing Your Pain After Joint Replacement Surgery

    At POA, we use multimodal pain management for your joint replacement. This begins with preoperative medications given in the pre-op area, spinal anesthesia, and use of regional and local blocks about your hip or knee. Following your surgery pain is managed during your overnight stay by the nursing staff at the VMC joint center. This consists …

  • VMC Center for Joint Replacement: Recognition, Results and Future

    As we start 2018 we are proud of being ranked #1 for joint replacement in Washington State by CareChex Quality Rating System. They use a variety of quality metrics to achieve their rankings, including: quality, performance and safety analytics. As the first joint replacement center in the state, we continue to evolve our delivery of …

  • Evolution from Long Inpatient Stay to Short Outpatient Stay

    Over the last 30 years, I have seen the evolution of hip and knee replacement from a 1-week hospital stay to now, in 2017, 90% of our patients going home the day following their hip or knee replacement. This has been accomplished with a variety of factors including improved surgical techniques, multimodal pain management, enhanced …