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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 …

Total Joint Replacement, Bundled Payments and Patient Risk Factors

By William P. Barrett, MD on

In the February issue of The Journal of Arthroplasty, several articles examined the influence of various medical comorbidities and the risk for complication after hip and knee replacement. This is a very “hot topic” as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid are moving to bundled payments where physicians and hospitals will be at risk for …

Outpatient vs. Inpatient Hip Replacement

By William P. Barrett, MD on

In an award-winning paper at the 2016 Hip Society meeting, authors Goyal, MD, et al. presented their prospective randomized study comparing two groups of patients undergoing hip replacement surgery. Inclusion criteria in this study included healthy patients under the age of 75 who were not morbidly obese, had no significant medical problems and were ambulating …

Shared Decision Making in Total Knee and Hip Replacement

By William P. Barrett, MD on

In shared decision making, both patients and physicians make contributions to the dialogue about a patient’s condition, the best way to achieve the optimal outcome and treatment options following a total knee or hip replacement. The surgeon contributes expert clinical knowledge about the condition, the natural history of the condition, the treatment options available with …

Direct Anterior Approach Total Hip Replacement Follow-Up Studies

By William P. Barrett, MD on

In the January 18, 2017 issue of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Dr. Michael Meneghini and coauthors reported on revision rates following different surgical approaches to hip replacement. They found that patients who had undergone a direct anterior approach, particularly early in the learning curve for a particular surgeon, had a higher risk …

Why a Plant-Based Diet is Key for Joint Replacement (and Your Overall Health)

By William P. Barrett, MD on

The incidence of hip and knee replacements is increasing and will continue to do so for the next two decades. With the transformation of healthcare reimbursement to a value-based, episode-of-care model, there will be closer scrutiny of all factors that affect outcomes of joint replacement surgery. Such factors include those on the orthopedic surgeon‘s side, …

VMC Hosts Local & International Surgeons

By William P. Barrett, MD on

We have had ten groups of visiting surgeons come to Valley Medical Center to observe hip and knee replacement surgery. We have welcomed several local Seattle orthopedic surgeons, others from around the greater Washington area, two groups from Italy, one from New Zealand, and two from China. These surgeons come to learn a variety of …

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Dr. Barrett's Blog

  • Complications Related to Obesity in Total Knee Replacements

    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

    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 …