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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 …

Obesity & Joint Replacement: Risk Factors

By William P. Barrett, MD on

In an article published by Dr. Fournier, MD, et al, in the August 2016 issue of the Journal of Arthroplasty, the effects of obesity on joint replacement surgery were reviewed. The authors note that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) predicts that the proportion of the U.S. population age 65 or older will increase from …

Barrett Named Seattle Met Top Doc

By Proliance Orthopedic Associates on

We are proud to announce that William Barrett, MD of Proliance Orthopedic Associates has been recognized in Seattle Met Magazine’s 11th annual list of the best health practitioners in the greater Seattle and eastside area. The list features the region’s best orthopedic surgeons, like Dr. Barrett, 911 doctors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and more than …

Platelet-Rich Plasma in Early Knee Osteoarthritis

By William P. Barrett, MD on

Platelet-rich plasma is a material that is prepared by centrifuging (spinning at high speeds) whole blood obtained from a patient. This separates the blood into basic components based on weight. It includes plasma, platelets, and red blood cells. The plasma with platelets is then utilized to inject into the knee. It is thought that platelet-rich …

Shared Decision-Making

By William P. Barrett, MD on

Shared decision-making is a process whereby physicians and patients exchange information and arrive at an agreement about the patient’s preferred treatment option. This is predicated on the concept that there is one best solution for a particular patient’s problem. Other theories suggest that patients can make decisions both analytically and intuitively through a parallel decision-making …

Shortening Joint Replacement Stays

By William P. Barrett, MD on

Traditionally, joint replacement surgery required a several-day stay in the hospital. In the 1980s, the average length of stay was approximately seven days, and now it has decreased nationally to approximately two days. There is an evolution in the thought process of length of stay for joint replacement surgery. With improved techniques, particularly improved pain …

Optimizing Risk Factors

By William P. Barrett, MD on

At the recent Knee Society meeting in Orlando, Florida on March 5, 2016, Richard Iorio, MD, reviewed modifiable risk factors that are associated with poor clinical outcomes following hip and knee replacement. These included morbid obesity, poorly controlled diabetes and malnutrition, STAF colonization, cardiovascular disease, history of deep venous thrombosis, tobacco use, and psychological and …

Managing Expectations for Total Knee Replacement

By William P. Barrett, MD on

Michael J. Dunbar, MD, reviewed information regarding managing expectations for knee replacement at the recent Knee Society meeting in Orlando, Florida on March 5, 2016. He noted that unmet expectations after knee replacement have been shown to be one of the largest determinants of dissatisfaction following the procedure. Educating patients and managing their expectations preoperatively …

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  • Direct Anterior Approach Total Hip Replacement Follow-Up Studies

    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)

    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

    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 …