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Patient Education

Welcome to the POA Patient Education Learning Center, providing video and written content for patients who wish to educate themselves about orthopedic conditions, surgeries, and FAQs.

The ViewMedica videos include information about conditions and procedures involving the elbow, hand, hip, knee, shoulder, and spine. You may choose to watch the videos with or without narration. Click the appropriate body area in the window above to open the videos.

Below the video window are two links to written information about POA and various orthopedic conditions. These links will direct you to informative content, organized by “Parts of the Body” and “Categories.”

We hope this information is helpful. POA’s extensive care system combines all areas of orthopedic medicine to diagnose your condition and provide advanced treatment. POA’s experienced doctors treat countless conditions, including sprained or strained muscles or tendons, bone fractures, arthritis, overused joints, and spinal conditions.



4011 Talbot Rd S #300
Renton, WA 98055

Phone: 425.656.5060
Fax: 425.656.5047


27005 168th Pl SE #201
Covington, WA 98042

Phone: 253.630.3660
Fax: 253.631.1591

Maple Valley

24060 SE Kent Kangley Rd,
Maple Valley, WA 98038

Phone: 425.358.7708
Fax: 425.656.5047

Latest POA News

  • What’s New in Knee Surgery

    The following article is written by Andrew Merritt, MD. This month in KSSTA, Kim et al. investigate the outcomes of ACL surgery in patients with hyperlaxity. Hyperlaxity is defined by having joints that are “extra-mobile” and present sometimes as “double-jointed.” Most commonly in young females, we frequently see athletes with hyperlaxity that sustain injuries to …

  • The Final Stage of ACL Recovery: Preventing Another Injury

    The following article is written by Andrew Merritt, MD. Anterior cruciate injuries (ACL) injuries continue to increase as people are playing more competitive, year-around sports. One of the most important aspects of recovering from ACL surgery is to prevent the injury from happening again. Most ACL injuries occur from pivoting during sports and not from …

  • Parking Updates at POA

    Valley Medical Center is celebrating a new era in patient care with their new medical office building set to house a comprehensive Cancer Center, an innovative surgical program and expanded access to specialists. During construction, lot parking parallel to Talbot Road (Lot A) will be greatly reduced for at least six months. In the meantime, the North …

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 …